Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CD Review: Music From Southern Laos

Molam Lao
Music From Southern Laos

The Molam Lao is a group of singers and instrumentalists practicing the unique singing style of lam music, which involves alternate singing of verses among men and women 'duels'. These vocal 'duels' are accompanied by khen (mouth organ), xylophone, drums, cymbals, lute, and stick. Some tracks are devoted to solo xylophone or khen to showcase individual musicianship and style. Often, the context of the vocal pieces tends to focus on geography, politics or relationships. There are strong assimilations from neighboring Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. Anyone interested in traditional music or court music from Southeast Asia will enjoy Music From Southern Laos. ~ Matthew Forss

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