MALAY MUSIC AND DANCE FROM THE COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS AND CHRISTMAS ISLAND

Grant number: DP150103204 | Funding period: 2015 - 2019

Completed

Abstract

In the Indian Ocean Territories of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island live the oldest established Malay-Muslim communities within the Commonwealth of Australia. This project examines the history and practice of Malay music traditions through a pioneering ethnomusicological study of music and dance, examining these traditions as key factors in preserving and strengthening unique cultural identities. It also considers how Malay music culture was transplanted to these islands from the nineteenth century onwards. Planned research outputs include the first scholarly articles on these topics, public performances and lectures, a conference and a documentary film investigating the soci..

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