Tonga ([ˈtoŋa]; Tongan: Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga), officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 177 islands of which 52 islands are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290sqmi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000sqmi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. It has a population 103,000 people of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.
Tonga became known as the Friendly Islands because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the First Fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan.
Tonga's population is 358, making it the seventh most populous village in Tuvalu. It is the main village of the island of Nanumanga, comprising 52% of the population of the island. The only other village is on the island Tokelau.
Their culture is expressed mostly via music and dance, with indigenous instruments like the kalumbu drum and horn playing a central role in Tonga music ... In addition to the Tonga and Bemba tribes, Zambia is home to numerous other diverse tribes such as the Lozi, Ngoni, Tumbuka, and Chokwe, each with their distinct practices and belief systems.
Batman and dinosaurs haunt the dreams of many children, but the music accompanying them isn’t always what beckons the strongest ...Navy music program and attended the U.S ... “I performed at the military tattoo birthday ceremony for the King ofTonga and played brass band music for orphanages in Cambodia,” recalls LeGette.
"Tonga has had a long tradition with brass music, so we want to connect with that - I've been to Tonga several times teaching and performing over there," said Bremner ... "Whereas in places like Tonga, there's just this love for music and for brass playing - whether it's at a school ...
She refused to move (I punched the air at this point), so her mother put on loud music to distract her. There were moments of magic, such as when a whale followed the boat for days, and when they disembarked in Rio or Tonga to be feted by the locals or the king.
Tonga - tsunami. Massive tsunami waves dozens of metres high, caused by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption, had been significantly reduced as a result of shallow sea floors around the affected islands ... The tsunami had reduced to just 2 metres when hitting Tonga's main island of Tongatapu - just 65 kilometres away from the volcano ... Tonga - robots.
The music group - which comprises of Leli SK, RicoTonga and Titoez - have almost 10million views on YouTube, 500million streams on Spotify and boast 29,400 Instagram followers. Valeli Tonga, who performs under 'Leli SK', (pictured) is one of six men charged over a high-profile alleged kidnapping.
When the vocalist Kumar Gandharva once travelled to Shikarpur, in present-day Pakistan, for a concert, he noticed that the local tonga drivers sang as they ferried passengers around the city. Ever alert to music of all kinds, Kumarji spontaneously absorbed the tonga-wallahs’ tunes, which he later learnt expressed a poetic form called baint.
He was an incomparable comedian, music composer, producer, writer, lyricist and director ... Tracing his early life, they dedicate a considerable number of pages to his childhood in Khandwa - the singer remained attached to his birthplace in Madhya Pradesh throughout his life - and his initial brush with music.
CCCCMusicDirectorKarenMedrano shared with us the challenges that she experienced narrowing the lengthy cantata down to a manageable concert length ... The choir provides scholarships to Citrus County students to assist in their continued music education in college ... The Tonga drumming and SallyAnne’s piano were both competing for our rapt attention.
Wilfred’s Lounge in downtown Napa is now presenting music on Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m ... The group specializes in tiki, surf, spy, spaghetti Western and far-out stereophonic sci-fi music ... of Tonga.
PESHAWAR ... In the provincial capital, the day dawned with a 21-gun salute and prayers for the security and progress of Pakistan ... At QayyumSports Complex, the directorate of sports organised a car show followed by musical and dance performances, national sports heroes’ award ceremony, fireworks, tonga and rickshaw decoration show ... .