Sere Ni Cumu and the contemporary construction of place and identity in Taveuni, Fiji

Jennifer Cattermole

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This paper examines a Fijian popular music genre known as sere ni cumu (‘bumping songs’). My research investigates how and why Fijians have used this genre to express and construct their sense of place and identity (that is, who they are and where they are from). It explores how Fijians have adopted and localised contemporary, globally disseminated popular music styles to create sere ni cumu; it also describes the way musicians use this music to articulate their real and imagined relationships to specific places (both natural and supernatural) and groups of people.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRefereed papers from the 2nd International Small Island Cultures Conference
Subtitle of host publicationheld at the Museum Theatre, Norfolk Island Museum, Kingston, Norfolk Island, 9-13 February 2006
EditorsHenry Johnson
Place of PublicationSydney
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)0975824635
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Small Island Cultures Conference (2nd : 2006) - Norfolk Island
Duration: 9 Feb 200613 Feb 2006


ConferenceInternational Small Island Cultures Conference (2nd : 2006)
CityNorfolk Island


  • Taveuni
  • Fiji
  • music

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