Sikambang art in general represents the entire art for a community of Coastal West Sumatra, ranging from Meulaboh in Banda Aceh, continue to Tapanuli, Minangkabau and Bengkulu. In addition to the West Coast, Sikambang also found on the east coast islands of Nias and Pulau Telo. Art Sikambang that part consisting essentially of "dance" and "sing" (art-dance) to carry out cultural elements derived from the arts and culture. No wonder if Sikambang remain in existence since time immemorial to the present era of modernization. This art is assumed contemporary philosophies and meaning, patterned advice, rhythmic dance songs and tangible. Sikambang acculturation is not absorbed from the neighboring cultures such as Batak and Minangkabau, but the artistic heritage of the coastal empire of civilization, especially from the seventh century heyday Jayadan with his queen, Princess Rundu.
Each dance has a specific purpose. For example, a handkerchief dance with singing "Peas", depicts the story of a young starters in the binding of friendship, a symbol of openness and social ethics.
Umbrella dance with singing "Kapulo Pinang", depicts the story of a couple who just got married (newlyweds). One day when her husband was about to leave his wife to go sailing for a living in foreign countries by using a ship carrying merchandise from the island Poncan to Pinang, the husband had said those words contain liver expression in the form of poems rhyme.