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Featured Installations and Performances by Leweton Women’s Water Music
Balance/Unbalance Conference, Sunshine Coast, June 2013 (2013)
  • Thomas Dick, Southern Cross University
  • Sandy Sur
Abstract
The Leweton Cultural Group hail from the remote northern tropical islands of Vanuatu and they travel the world performing the Na Mag and Ne Lang dances as a prelude to the mystical water music, dressed in their traditional costumes of Gaua and Mere Lava made from flowers and leaves, coconuts and pandanus. Their performance is truly mesmerizing as they reimagine the old with contemporary expressions of Matto - bringing together traditional beats and rhythms with ukulele-led melodies and soaring vocal harmonies. The Leweton Cultural Group will also facilitate traditional weaving, cooking, percussion, and storytelling workshops.
“A rare glimpse into an ancient but living tradition” – Randy Raine-Reusch, Rainforest World Music Festival
Come and join the men and women of the Leweton Cultural Group from northern Vanuatu as they demonstrate their traditional cultural activities. In these collaborative and engaging sessions, the Leweton Cultural Group work with participants to create toys, utensils, and baskets using traditional weaving techniques. Traditional cooking techniques are also demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to taste customary food.
“Mesmerising, stirring, unforgettable… the Leweton Cultural Group add a truly unique performance element to each festival.” – Vanuatu Daily Post
Keywords
  • water music,
  • Leweton,
  • Vanuatu,
  • biocultural diversity
Publication Date
June 2, 2013
Citation Information
Thomas Dick and Sandy Sur. "Featured Installations and Performances by Leweton Women’s Water Music" Balance/Unbalance Conference, Sunshine Coast, June 2013 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/knomadic_dsta/10/