Vaka seke ifo - New Caledonian Children's Songs - New Caledonia - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Here's a Melanesian song. (Melanesia = New Caledonia + The Loyalty Islands : Maré, Lifou, Ouvéa and Ile des Pins). It's a song well-known by children and by parents too, who sing it whenever there's a great celebration (even if the lyrics are a little sad).

Comments

Iaai is in the Austronesian / Melanesian family of languages. Alternate names for the Iaai language are Iai and Yai. Iaai is mainly spoken in New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands.

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Thanks to Léon Paweme for singing this song for Mama Lisa's World!

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Vaka seke ifo

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Léon Paweme for contributing this song.

Photo: Cropped view of the entrance to the Hotel Kou-Bugny's beachfront bar and restaurant facing Kuto Bay, on the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. The cruise ship in the background is the Pacific Sun. Taken by Bahnfrend.

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