Music is what plugs you into a culture and a nation. It speaks of an era, vibrates the social climate and hums a feeling shared by all those listening. Music is an integral part of the culture in Papua New Guinea. From the hauntingly beautiful chants of the tribal people to the smooth beats of their modern reggae bands, it offers up a smorgasbord of music to move the body to and shape memories.
Traditional Papua New Guinean music is an artful expression of tribal culture and their way of telling a story to their audience. Sing-sings (traditional celebrations) demonstrate the beautiful call and response chants that are accompanied by handmade instruments made from natural materials from the local area. The Garamut is a popular drumming instrument known as a ‘slit drum’. It is carved from a felled tree and engraved and painted in different stages. It is known as the ‘voice’ and when struck with a specifically carved stick, it rings out many different vibrations and speaks its own language among the people.