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Jeanneau, Laurent / Music Of Southern And Northern Laos
Album:Music Of Southern And Northern Laos Collection:World
Artist:Jeanneau, Laurent Added:11/2019

A-File Activity
Add Date:2019-12-18 Pull Date:2020-02-19 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:5 Jan

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 04, 2020:Music Casserole
Brao Lave Gongs, Khmu "jiakoot"

Album Review
Reviewed 2019-11-20 
– General Description: This is a collection of recordings of various musical practices from the Laotian provinces of Champasak, Attapeu, Sekong, Saravan, Luang Namtha and Phongsaly. Apparently you are not allowed to expand on any musical ideas as motives/phrases are introduced and then endlessly repeated. The singing, at times, reminds me of pure flamenco vocals and old-time Appalachian music. The various mouth organs (dour, khene, a qeej) are made with bamboo tubes. They sound like accordions.

– FCC Compliant: YES
– Recommended Tracks: 1, 19
– Track Reviews:

***1. (5:09) Brao Lave Gongs - repetitive meditative percussion on gongs, cymbals and a drum
2. (4:46) Ta Oy Courting Song - fluttery harmonic-like khene playing behind singing-calling patter
3. (1:12) Triang Pao Kabang - repetitive bamboo tube playing
4. (2:57) Nyaheun "Jeu Phawn Peng Gawng Ploung Ken" - gong, khene (and a rooster) playing behind alternating male vocal laments
5. (4:21) Katu Song - high pitched female vocal lament; wailing; interesting for the language
6. (6:12) Lao Lam Saravan - more of a song compared to the others; 3 male singers, with a saw (small 2-string viol), khene, drums and clapping
7. (3:17) Oy Duet - repetitive vocal over dour playing
8. (3:03) Alak Songs - repetitive meditative percussion on two flat gongs (panaw) and bamboo tube
9. (2:51) Alak Khene Molam - khene playing behind male vocal improv
10. (2:13) Pacoh Trio - very high cymbals and khene playing
11. (5:15) White Hmong "Queej" - repetitive a qeej playing
12. (5:04) Lantene (Moon) Women - duet of a discussion of an ancient Chinese text
13. (4:34) Khmu Ou "Tot" - singing and blowing simultaneously through recently cut bamboo tube with three holes
14. (1:12) Khmu Ou "Pi" - bamboo reed instrument played
15. (1:57) Akha "Chuluba" - shaman’s lament about solitude
16. (4:14) Bit "Protect The Forest" - khene playing with a song about protecting the environment and wild animals
17. (5:10) Dark Blue Yao (Moon) Ceremony - drums, shaken bells behind a shaman’s ceremony predicting luck
18. (6:48) Akha "New Year Song" - solo female vocal
***19. (2:04) Khmu "Jiakoot" - repetitive meditative percussion of a long green bamboo tube beaten against a woman’s palm

Track Listing
1.Brao Lave Gongs 10.Pacoh Trio
2.Ta Oy Courting Song 11.White Hmong "queej"
3.Triang Pao Kabang 12.Lantene (Moon) Women
4.Nyaheun "jeu Phawn Peng Gawng Ploung Ken" 13.Khmu Ou "tot"
5.Katu Song 14.Khmu Ou "pi"
6.Lao Lam Saravan 15.Akha "chuluba"
7.Oy Duet 16.Bit "protect The Forest"
8.Alak Songs 17.Dark Blue Yao (Moon) Ceremony
9.Alak Khene Molam 18.Akha "new Year Song"
 19.Khmu "jiakoot"