The 01 Dec 2022

The Kaneka voyage

Oceanian musical awakenings

This is an evening dedicated to the music of the Pacific, a sensory voyage to discover this world through their artistic and musical productions.


To mark the release of two major publications on Pacific music in 2021, we would like to present the outlines of these works. Through contributions from anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, artists and musicians, the conference-concert examines the decisive role that music and performance have played in the Oceanian "renaissance" process, and continue to play today. The popular and hybrid musical productions that have taken shape in the Pacific - such as kaneka, gita gisalo, jawaiian music, hip-hop, string band, island reggae - represent vectors of emancipation for the peoples of Oceania, instruments for asserting local and transpacific identity, and at the same time spaces for connections and encounters. Through the prism of music, the speakers will take us on a journey across the Pacific, from Hawaii to Australia (via New Caledonia, Guam, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu), to tell a different story of political and cultural engagement in these communities.
La soirée sera aussi l’occasion de présenter l’acquisition d’un fonds de musique kaneka par la médiathèque MQB, et de revenir sur l’expo Carnet Kanak. En fait, la naissance du mouvement musical kaneka dans les années 1980 s’inscrit précisément dans la démanche de collecte et valorisation du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Calédonie inaugurée par Jean-Marie Tjibaou et célébrée par l’exposition du MQB qui raconte l’exceptionnelle mission d’Inventaire du Patrimoine Kanak Dispersé (IPKD).

The evening will also be an opportunity to present the MQB media library's acquisition of a collection of kaneka music and reflect on the Carnet Kanak exhibition. In fact, the birth of the kaneka musical movement in the 1980s was part of the process of collecting and promoting New Caledonia's heritage started by Jean-Marie Tjibaou and celebrated by the MQB exhibition, which recounts the exceptional mission of the Inventaire du Patrimoine Kanak Dispersé (IPKD).

The event will close with a performance by young Kanak artists.

Photo: création by artist SHAM


6:30pm – 10pm

To promote academic research, news of the event and the museum's audio collections, the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and Matteo Gallo (a former PhD student) are hosting an evening of kaneka and Pacific music, a sensory voyage exploring this world through their artistic and musical productions. The evening will be organised as follows:

Opening remarks: Matteo Gallo


  • News of the event: "When music merges in the Pacific".

Round table - Presentation of the book created by Geoffroy Colson with the participation of Stéphanie Rabault (10-minute pre-recorded video) and Monika Stern.
Summary: contributions analysing musical creations in the South Pacific: Guam, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu. The authors examine current social dynamics such as the means of musical creation and production, the role of digital technologies, professionalisation and marketing.

  • Showcasing the collections: Mangrove Prod: kaneka in the museum's collections Presentation of the Mangrove fund by Elodie Saget

Summary: as the media library has recently acquired a corpus of 246 kaneka titles (Studio Mangrove), the person in charge of sound and audiovisual collections will be involved in this acquisition.

  • Research news: Oceanian musical awakenings

Round table: Presentation of the special issue of L'Uomo presented by Stéphanie Leclerc Caffarel with the participation of editors Matteo Gallo and Matteo Aria and Jean-Michel Beaudet (author of a contribution on kaneka in the same issue).
Summary: The volume examines the decisive role that music and performance have played in Oceania's "cultural renaissance" and political processes since the 1970s.

  • Debate and Q&A with the audience

Break - 15 minutes


  • Concert show
  • Performances by the artists: Resh (Rémy Hnaije), Marianne Wamejo, Qenegei Katrei, Boris Thomadra and Truba Wakanumune
  • Discussions with the musicians  

At the end of the session, a second debate area will begin so we can all answer any questions together, including the musicians.

  • Free entry (subject to available places)
    Gratuit (dans la limite des places disponibles)

    Free (reservation required)
    Gratuit sur réservation

  • Duration:  13:42
  • Place:  Théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • TimeSlots:
    The Thursday 01 December 2022 from 18:30 to 22:00
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public: All publics
  • Categorie : Conferences
Le voyage du kaneka : réveils musicaux...

Le voyage du kaneka : réveils musicaux...


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