Female body percussion music as a contribution to cultural identity in western Aceh before and after the conflict and tsunami

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This is the pioneering project on an unstudied but widely practised mode of music and dance in the world: female body percussion. The fieldwork locale is western Aceh, which recently experienced prolonged war and the tragic tsunami. The project aims to analyse the techniques and social functions of the body percussion genres, examine change caused by the conflict and tsunami, and develop the first theory of the functions of female body percussion. Research outcomes include archival deposits of audio-visual recordings, three refereed articles, an edited book on cross-cultural comparative body percussion, two book chapters, and a PhD thesis.
Effective start/end date4/01/1031/03/13


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD297,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Monash University