Taking Action in the Cook Islands

The music of the Cook Islands is rhythmic, harmonious and lively. Drumming forms the foundation of traditional music and dance from the Cook Islands, for example, in “action songs” in which drumming sets the tempos and ukuleles and guitars play the melody. Many of the popular drums in Polynesia such as the Pate and the Tokere may have originated in the Cook Islands, though they arrived in French Polynesia in the early 1900s and have since become identified with Tahiti.