6 Jul 2004

Research on PNG indigenous music to continue

10:50 am on 6 July 2004

A New Zealander is heading back to a remote village in Papua New Guinea to break more new ground, with his studies of indigenous music.

The Victoria University doctorate student, Paul Wolfram's spent a year in the Lak region of East New Ireland.

He carried out research on the influence of music in village life.

Mr Wolfram hopes his research will make big strides forward.

"There's 22 different languages in New Ireland, and each of them has something original to offer the world, as far as music goes. And I hope people realise what a big part music plays in the lives of these people, in these remote areas. I also hope from the indigenous perspective, that my interest in their music, helps them to value their music more."

Mr Wolfram says life's difficult in the village, and it took twelve months to be allowed to make a recording of a secret cult.