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Open Access 12. Tradition and Creative Inspiration: Musical Encounters of the Moluccan Communities in the Netherlands

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12. Tradition and Creative Inspiration: Musical Encounters of the Moluccan Communities in the Netherlands

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This chapter discusses how, in the 1950s, people from Maluku came to the Netherlands A.D. ever since, have retained their cultural identity by musically expressing themselves through different genres and modes, ranging from the very traditional to today's World Music scene. In the Netherlands one can find just about every musical tradition that also exists in the Moluccas, such as choirs, tifa groups, Hawaiian ensembles and, above all, pop groups. By the 1980s, many Moluccan artists had gained mainstream fame, not only in the Netherlands but also abroad, and in Indonesia. The Timor-born Tielman Brothers were the first and most famous exponents of a genre that rocked the Netherlands in the late 1950s. The music, performed by musicians from the former Dutch East Indies, was inspired by rock 'n roll music from the States and the instrumental music of the Shadows, the Ventures and the String-A-Longs.

Keywords: Hawaiian music; Moluccan artists; South Maluku government



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