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


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).


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.



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.