Giving women a voice: Christian songs and female expression at Kopiago, Papua New Guinea

Gillespie, Kirsty (2010) Giving women a voice: Christian songs and female expression at Kopiago, Papua New Guinea. Perfect Beat, 11 1: 7-24.

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Author Gillespie, Kirsty
Title Giving women a voice: Christian songs and female expression at Kopiago, Papua New Guinea
Journal name Perfect Beat   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-2909
1836-0343
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1558/prbt.v11i1.7
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 7
End page 24
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Language eng
Abstract At Lake Kopiago, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, women’s public music-making is often restricted and men are the most visible performers. However, the introduction of Christianity has seen women become more visible in the musical landscape through their participation in church musical activities. Christian songs learnt by women in church are now spilling over into the secular realm, forming the basis for much community composition. Women are able to directly express their desires, and their anxieties, in music, using these newly introduced musical tools. This paper investigates the processes of women’s composition in these terms, focusing on songs composed and performed by the Duna women of Lake Kopiago, Southern Highlands Province.
Keyword Christian music
Composition
Empowerment
Gender
Laments
Papua New Guinea
Women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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