Christmas Music from Fiji

Where do you go for the world’s most spirited Christmas celebrations? I found Christmas in the form of soaring voices on the islands of Fiji. As the temperature teases the freezing tick on the thermometer and our cat Moritz stalks the house, looking for non-existent pools of light, my mind floats on the trade winds to Fiji sunshine.

I am a great fan of Fiji. I courted my wife on a cruise of Fiji’s islands in 1997, but ten years earlier I went there to do a documentary for American Public Radio and NPR that was supposed to have been a Christmas special featuring Fiji’s magnificent a capella choirs but ended up as a rather strange tale of island politics: two coups d’etat, me being suspected of being CIA and an encounter with a drunken German arms dealer.

I won’t trouble you with the long story here. It is going to be part of my forthcoming book “Tales of the Radio Flyer.”

But here is some of the music from it, for you to enjoy or, if you wish, add to your collection.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Adeste Fidelis – Download MP3

 

Oh Holy Night Download MP3

 

Silent Night -Download MP3

 

Yangona Song  –Download MP3

A traditional song sung around a punchbowl filled with pounded Kava root. A mildly intoxicating brew served at a ceremony performed almost daily.

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