9 & 20 June 2010
The strong culture of Papua New Guinea shines through during a sing-sing – a gathering of performers from a village who sing and dance to show off their ethnicity and their traditional rituals. It is powerful, as all earthy performances are and we have been so fortunate to see two performances from Enuk Village where all the local Lissenung Island Resort staff comes from.
Tame Punan, who runs a banana boat ferry service, leads a small group from Enuk Village whenever there are enough guests from Lisseunung Island Resort to merit a traditional sing-sing. He is a strong force with the kids and like the pied piper, has young boys jumping to his cue.
Sing-sing of Laklakau in their own Tigak language is performed as a celebration. Laklakau is celebrated by a village in many occasions: during the end of a school year; when they have a certain thanksgiving; or when an important person comes to visit their village like, for example, their governor. Everyone since childhood learns the songs for Laklakau and the corresponding dance that goes with it.
In bright red sarongs, brilliant green leaves and the kids with head gears, their look was simply stunning. The drums – one made of animal skin and the others made of bamboo, were the accompanying musical instruments to their voices. The children’s headgear or kangal were carved birds decorated with bird feathers. For the performance in Lissenung, they sang and danced 10 songs for everyone to enjoy. A sample two songs were the Mekaul or the paddling dance, and the Manga-manga, the parrot dance. Here are the brilliant performers from Enuk Village.
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