Vanuatu Womenʼs Water Music

Vanuatu Womenʼs Water Music
  • event type:WOMEX 15 Film Screening
  • date:24 Oct 2015
  • time:12:30 - 13:35
  • city/area:Budapest
  • venue:Film Room, Bálna
  • country:Hungary
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Part of the 'Horizons' film section.

Directed by Tim Cole.

Production Country and Year: Vanuatu and Australia, 2013 | Produced by Further Arts and Wantok Musik | Producer: Thomas Dick | Director of Photography: Tim Cole | Sound: Tim Cole | Editor: Tim Cole | World Sales: The Planet Spins | Language: Music only

The performers of the Vanuatu Women’s Water Music group hail from the remote northern tropical islands of Gaua and Merelava in Vanuatu. They travel the world performing the Na Mag and Ne Leang dances as a prelude to the water music. The water music of Vanuatu is truly mesmerising as this Leweton-based group reimagine the old with contemporary expressions of Matto – bringing together traditional beats and rhythms with ukulele-led melodies and soaring vocal harmonies. This incredible film shuns Western/European narrative concepts – instead it adopts a contemporary style of its own that honours the aural textures of indigenous cultural heritage. The result is a non-narrative meditation on indigenous performance and representation.

Tim Cole, the director, will be present for a Q&A session after the screening.

See the full film programme.