NEW BOOK ON TONGAN CULTURE

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NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (April 28, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---A new book about dance, music and Tongan cultural has gone on sale in Nuku’alofa bookstores.

Titled "Sounds of Change in Tonga," the book was compiled by a Dutch couple, Ad and Lucia Linkels, from the Mundo Ethnico Foundation in Holland, Radio Tonga reports.

The book examines the different types of music and dance in Tonga, both modern and traditional, and how they reflect outside influences.

The study also examines how changes in Tonga itself are influencing the country’s performing arts.

"Sounds of Change in Tonga" has been dedicated by the authors to the Tongan people, with the goals of increasing foreign understanding of Tonga, its people and particularly its culture, and increasing Tongans’ own appreciation of the beauty and importance of their cultural treasures.

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