Leweton Women’s Water Music

© Further Arts
Genre : Band
Column : Music
Port Vila
Tel. : +678 7714287
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The Leweton Cultural Group hail from the remote northern tropical islands of Vanuatu and they travel the world performing the Na Mao and Nelang 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 ukelele-led melodies and soaring vocal harmonies.  The Leweton Cultural Group will also facilitate traditional weaving, cooking, percussion, and storytelling workshops. 
Mesmerising, stirring, unforgettable… the Leweton Cultural Group will add a truly unique performance element to any event.
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, baskets using traditional weaving techniques.  Traditional cooking techniques are also demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to taste traditional food.
And of course what they are famous for - the spellbinding cultural display of the women from Vanuatu's remote northern islands as they stand waist-deep in water while swirling and slapping the surface to create a beautiful rhythmic tapestry of aquatic percussion and an hypnotic visual display.
The waters lapping at the shores of your festival will, in the hands of Vanuatu's Leweton Water Music troupe, become a fluid instrument that produces music to delight families and audiences of all ages.
The Leweton group has stunned audiences at World Expo 2008 in Zaragova, several European Union diplomatic functions the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, Bellingen Global Carnival and the Lukaotem Gud Santo Festival.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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