Timor Leste had been under Portugal and Indonesia for quite some time. As a result East Timor Music reflects the influence in its music of these countries. The most popular form of East Timor Music is Likurai. This danced was performed by women when they welcomed men back to their homes after the war. This dance made use of the drum and sometime even the head of enemies was used. Such a dance also took place in the form of processions through villages. In fact in present times a modified form of the dance continues to be used by the women during courtship.
Timor Leste achieved its independence in the year 2002. As a result the modern East Timor Music is closely related with the struggle for independence. The band by the name of Dili All Stars came up with a song that was widely used in the process of forming a referendum on Independence. At this point of time the United Nations too came up with a song known as the Hakotu Ba. This song aimed at encouraging people to vote for the referendum.
East Timor Music includes names like Teo Batiste Ximenes who is a popular musician brought up in Australia. His music as a result has influences of the Australian folk music. Besides, today East Timor Music has earned popularity in many other countries through Timorese people who have moved to countries like Portugal, Australia. East Timor Leste Music has always made the use of the guitar as an important instrument in music. Besides, there are also other instruments with strings that are in use.