Fijian Meke are performed for guests at many resorts and hotels in the Fiji Islands

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What is a Fijian Meke?

A Fijian meke is the name for the traditional dance of the indigenous people of Fiji Islands, and is pronounced ' meh-kay '. Men, women and children all participate in the meke, which is a combination of dance and repetitive rhythmic chanting telling the stories of everyday life, or of ancient gods or of battles won. Some mekes are performed seated and some standing. Well-known meke types are fan dances performed by women, and spear or club dances performed by men. Accompanying music is often in the form of the steady beating of sticks.

When is a meke performed?

Mekes are held at important events such as to entertain visiting dignitaries, or the opening of a building, etc. Most hotels and resorts in Fiji organise special Fijian cultural nights, combining about 30 minutes of meke performance followed by the lovo feast, where food cooked in an underground oven of hot rocks is laid out along with a wide array of other delicacies!

Fijian mekes are performed in all parts of Fiji, with slight differences in dress, song and dance movements occurring from region to region. At the end of the meke, the local villagers will move forward and encourage guests to join in a simple dance movement called the taralala, which is greatly enjoyed by all.



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