Happy Sounds: Panpipes of the Solomon islands and DMP


For three weeks in September I lived in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon  Islands.  Recently, about three weeks ago, Honiara, was subjected to a massive downpour and flood that in its wake swept large parts of the city away. 20 people died. Hundreds of homes and businesses were washed away.


If you have never been to Honiara, let me tell you a bit about the place.  The capital city is built up along the shore of the Coral Sea where many an American warship did battle with Japanese ships in WWII.  The main road through town is no more than 30 meters from the water; on both sides of the road are concrete shops and tin roofed homes.   A narrow suspension bridge crosses a grimy creek that flows from the mountains that abut the city to the nearby sea.


Solomon Islands swimming

Solomon Islands swimming

The Solomon Island people are happy with simple things. Homes, a bit of money and access to betel nut is about the sum of their demands.  This is of course, a gross and unfair simplification of things but like all simplifications of things not that far from the truth.


I first went to the Solomon Islands many years ago and travelled to the province of Malaita. In the jungle there were meetings to attend and sppeches to be made and endured.  During the breaks and often during the proceedings, a raggedy band of pipers and drummers played their merry music.




The pan pipes, one usually thinks, are found in the Andes. El Condor Pasa.

But for some reason they are also the authentic music of the people of the Solomon Islands. In that first visit to the Sollies, I marvelled at the cherry sound of the pipes, blown by men adorned with busy tree branches and flowers danced in a circle.  Young boys and older men beat out a catchy rhythm on fat shoots of bamboo with old rubber sandals.  Around and around the men danced, blowing the sweetest melodies while others kept the beat moving with the most basic of instruments.  The sound and experience was intoxicating.


Tonight we share a collection of the sweet pan pipes of the Solomon Islands as well as an equally upbeat and positive record of island reggae/hip hop from a popular local band known as Door Man’s Project or simply, DMP.  In the mode of Alpha Blondy these tunes are impossible to dislike.


Given the struggle and strife so many in the Solomon Islands are enduring at the moment, I hope you’ll enjoy these happy sounds and with them wish the best for the people of those Melanesian islands.

Pan Pipers

Pan Pipers back


Track Listing: (Pipers)

01 Nau E Moi

02 Nokoi Raau

03 Besi

04 Soso Kakoi

05 Matara Ini Tani

06 Ina Toi Tossi

07 Tama Fafi Ne

08 Kaumate

09 Datolo

10 Are Sugu

11 Noko Apa Hanikeni

12 Kohuto

13 Tuake

14 Tae Rai Au

15 Pasi Island

16 Tarara Ae

17 Toupau

18 Hopurumae

19 Natalemu Iani

20 Tenapesi

21 Ruma Mae Ruma

22 Nau To Oru Raurahi

23 Tou Tou Naire

24 Usua Ratamu

25 Oina Mai Tabunaie

26 Tu U Ite Ana

27 Mamo Maie

28 Manu Ni Asi

29 Nanaratana Wasikananara

30 Naratana Houma

31 Neu O O O L Itemu

32 Maku Ka Maumauri A

33 Zulu Zulu

34 Waiana Painaha

35 Ialu Belo Belota

36 Roro Mera 231




DMP backTrack Listing: (DMP)

01 Bonege Beach

02 Without Saying Goodbye

03 Square One

04 Solomon Girl

05 Love U Till My Dying Day

06 Don’t Want to Let You Go

07 I Cry

08 Come Back

09 You Took My Breath Away

10 Live As One

11 My Island Home

12 Sorry My Bad

13 Letting Go

14 Kweae

15 Oi Lele



One thought on “Happy Sounds: Panpipes of the Solomon islands and DMP

  1. roberth

    the pan pipes of solomon islands. i love this– recrdings are somewhat hard to find. very exited haven’t heard this one before


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