Story: Popular music


When Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sailed into Golden Bay on 18 December 1642, he and his crew were greeted by the call of what may have been a pūtātara (shell trumpet). They responded by sounding baroque trumpets. Pūtātara were made from native conch shells, and more rarely exotic triton shells, which occasionally washed up on New Zealand beaches. 

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Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - Origins of New Zealand popular music', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014