Leweton Women’s Water Music
From the remote, northern tropical islands of Vanuatu, comes an extremely unique and rarely seen tradition, called water music. Dressed in traditional costumes of flowers and leaves, a small number of women wade into the water up to their waist, stand in the shape of a half moon and begin to play. The water is beaten in rhythmic dance of bodies and waves. The water itself is the instrument producing a wide range of sounds in intoxicating rhythms, with pieces titled “The Sound of Thunder”, “Big Whale Fish Playing With Small Whale Fish”, “Waves Breaking on the Reef”. The music evokes the sounds of thousands of years of ancestors, environment, and culture.The sounds they reproduce are the sounds of life and renewal: washing, bathing, collecting shellfish: interweaving the past completely with the present, with dreams of the future. This will be a rare glimpse into an ancient but living tradition.