The Sounds of New Caledonia
New Caledonia is a country that appeals to the senses; full of rich colours, extraordinary flavours and sounds as interesting and diverse as its landscape and people. It is home to the world’s largest tropical lagoon, a beautiful blend of French and Kanak culture, with fantastic scenery and wildlife. New Caledonia Tourism sent musicians “Crooked Colours” to the heart of the Pacific and followed their young, adventurous spirits as they searched for, discovered and captured the everyday sounds of the islands.
Crooked Colours are an Australian band on the rise, receiving heavy air play on Triple J, the release of their acclaimed debut album and a recent sold out national tour. Their mix of indie and electronic sounds which are moulded into diverse and layered productions, are both subtle and addictive. Their wandering, unstructured musical style is a perfect reflection of New Caledonia’s idyllic and relaxed atmosphere.
The Band went on a mission to New Caledonia to explore urban and wild regions, to capture interesting sounds and video along their journey, and to collate this collection of sounds into a music piece that connects the listener to the destination.
New Caledonia’s sundry landscapes deliver sounds, and voices, that will delight the senses and highlight the blend of cultures united on the islands. The varied regions offer unique and interesting sounds, whether they be from the blue waters of the crystal clear lagoon (the world’s largest), the clip clop of hooves from rural ‘cowboy country’ in the west, the crunch of baguettes in the Gallic hub of Noumea or the echo of percussion instruments from Kanak villages in the east.
Sounds of New Caledonia Mix :
The result is a beautifully engaging piece of music that you can listen to on newcaledonia.travel and enjoy again and again. That’s enough with words - it’s time to feast your eyes and ears on the video of Crooked Colours for a mind-blowingly inspirational insight into New Caledonia. Settle in and enjoy!
Relaxation track :
The music scene in New Caledonia is thriving and is one of the most active in the Pacific. Music festivals are dotted all over New Caledonia and run throughout the year, catering for all ages and tastes. Large multi-day events like ‘The Black Woodstock Rock Festival’ – a three day weekend of camping, culture and rock - and the Francofolies Festival – an offshoot of the renowned Francofolies Festival in La Rochelle (France) - showcase local talent alongside established international acts. More intimate events like ‘Fete de la Musique’ (The Musical Festival of Noumea) and ‘ le Mouv Festival’ bring local artists, with their mix of kaneka, hip hop, rock, reggae, electronica and soul, to the stage. The unique combination of French and Kanak music is continually evolving through local and international artist collaboration.
The winners of the New Caledonia competition are:
Cassandra Vlassis from Adelaide:
“What sounds I would like to hear in New Caledonia? I'd like to hear the beauty that my eyes can see, only I'd close my eyes and let nature sing to me. Whatever that may be..I know it will feel like serenity.”
Brittany Travers from Auckland:
“Poème: 'Les sons du paradis'
The soft cry of the cagou
Winds of the Pacific whistling over reefs
My Kanak friend strums his guitar on the shore
Sand rustles between my toes
Seagulls call above the lighthouse
Calling me to live my adventure
C'est beau, la vie en Nouvelle-Calédonie.”