Literature in pidgin

Boingboing has a link up to our very own ABC’s recording of Three Little Pigs in New Guinea Pidgin:

Talking about Pidgin on radio prompted Ralph Newton to send in a copy of Tripela Liklik Pik (Three Little Pigs) he’s had since he spent time in PNG in the 60’s. Click on the related audio link below if you’d like to hear what Pidgin sounds like.

The back cover of the record says: “This unique story of the Three Little Pigs was translated into Pidgin and adapted to a Melanesian setting by The Reverend Paul Freyberg of the Lutheran mission at Madang. Mr Freyberg was the Chief Translator of the Nupela Testamen – the New Testament in Pidgin. The story was broadcast by Superintendent Mike Thomas in the ABC’s Daily Learning Pidgin Series”.

Also mentioned is a pidgin version of Macbeth, known as Makbed, which I *wish* I could find an mp3 of.

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