The University of Papua New Guinea’s Faculty of Creative Arts came alive last Thursday night thanks to the Music Division’s annual Jazz Ensemble.
The event was held as part of an assessment for the third and final year students.
Parents, children, lecturers, current and former students were some of those who attended the ensemble.
Head of Music Division and specialist in Ethnomusicology, Mr. Francis Be, told PNG HAUSBUNG that jazz music came about as a result of cultural change.
“Jazz is a consequence of historical events. It’s based on the experiences of those who have gone through some cultural change.”
Mr. Be also said that music itself comprises of a culture and fosters the togetherness and interdependency of a community.
“The music itself has a culture. You practice as a group, and you perform as a group.”
“The significance of being in a group and being in a community is very important in music and that applies to the world outside. We all depend on each other.”
He further stated that music is something that he and his students use to contribute to the community which in turn helps society as a whole.