'Fiesta', Affirming Cultural Identity in a Changing Society: A Study of Filipino Music in Christchurch, 2008.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This study is the first extensive examination of musical activity of the Filipino community in Christchurch. The thesis examines the styles of music and the ways in which music is used by the Filipino migrant community in Christchurch during 2008, encapsulated in their fiesta celebrations. It acknowledges the recent growth in Filipino migration to New Zealand and seeks to identify a corresponding increase in Filipino musical activity. The measurement of greater musical activity in the Filipino community is linked to the occurrence of new initiatives involving music. Concepts of Filipino musical identity are extrapolated from data, which indicates the relative representation of musical styles and mediums, in the context of conscious displays of Filipinism. Filipino musical activity is shown to be lively, physically mediated, and group orientated, with an emphasis on song and dance. The importance of religion in Filipino music making and celebration is demonstrated, and a sustained Hispanic influence on Filipino culture in Filipino migrants to Christchurch is identified. Background chapters deal with main genres of Filipino music, and aspects of Filipino culture and society. A participant/observer role and use of fieldwork recordings and interviews are adopted. Findings on Filipino groups and their musical activity in Christchurch are presented and key fiestas that took place in 2008 are reported. Following this, two specific items; a folk dance and a liturgical song, the preparation and performance of which were participated in by the researcher as part the project’s ethnomusicological fieldwork, are examined. A DVD of selected performances is included.