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Ruasagavulu – with Snake Beings in Fiji

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Made in Suva, Fiji, the new album by Dave Black & Snake Beings

Mixing these pieces down gives us a new sound for 2020?

This is currently a pre-order work in progress, as some of the mixes will be refined and tracks over the next few weeks.

Instruments used included keyboards, ukulele, kitchen gamelan percussion, woodwinds, and field recordings.

The title ‘ruasagavulu’ means ‘twenty’ in Fijian, to kick off the new decade.

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Dr Emit Snake Beings is a travelling artist/musician/filmmaker/shaman/academic who was an early influence on my music.

Most recently we met up in Suva, Fiji, in November 2019.

Snake Beings and Dave Black in Fiji

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with Snake Beings in Fiji

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www.snakebeings.co.nz

Dr  Emit Snake Beings  is a travelling artist/musician/filmmaker/shaman/academic who was an early influence on my music.

Most recently we’ve met up in Fiji and recorded a couple of new pieces which you’ll be able to hear soon.

Snake Beings and Dave Black in Fiji

A new sound for 2020 perhaps?

In the meantime have a listen to the ‘Ngumbang‘ album we made together in 2015 – a fusion of several genres and a DIY manifesto – “Pick up the pieces and make them into something new, it’s what we do…”

We also made a new Indonesia-inspired electro-acoustic track for Other Islands 2012-2018:

And Other Islands 2012-2018 concluded with a Fijian folk song, inspired by my earlier visits to Fiji in 2016 and 2018

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Isa Lei, and the Yasawa islands, Fiji

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This rearrangement of a traditional Fijian folk song was inspired by hearing the song sung there.

In May I visited the Yasawa Islands, to the northwest of Nadi and the main Fijian island Viti Levu.

The boat ride took 3 hours, and enjoyably scenic. Each of the many small islands we passed was different in some way but all stunning

The marine life included

Part of Other Islands: 2012-2018

– recent highlights recorded in New Zealand, Western Australia, Fiji, Indonesia and Okinawa

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Viti Levu, Fiji

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My first visit to a Pacific island country, apart from my own (though the term is ambiguous – I’m not counting Australia, Indonesia or Japan).  I’d always wanted to visit Fiji, due to family connections… I may have even been conceived there.  A week’s visit to Viti Levu, the largest and most populated island, in September was all too short but still a great introductory taster.

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