Laos is dominated by the Lao but includes minorities of Hmong, Mien, Kmhmu, among many others. The most distinctive Lao musical instrument is a bamboo mouth organ called a khene. The instrument was supposedly invented by a woman trying to imitate the calls of the garawek bird. The woman took the new instrument to her king, and he told her it was fair, but that he wanted more. She modified the instrument and he replied "Tia nee khaen dee" (this time it was better).
Lao folk music, known as Lam, is extemporaneous singing accompanied by the khene. The Lao classical orchestra can be divided into two categories, Sep Nyai (or Mahori) and Sep Noi. The Sep Nyai is ceremonial and formal mu ...
This beautiful song performed by Nang Chansuda, accompanied by the Sep Nyai Court Orchestra in Vientiane, is all about the Champa frangipani, the national flower of Laos. When people see the beauty of the fragipani tree, or smell its sweet fragrant flowers, they think of their homeland Laos. Female Vocals, Asian, Lao music
A classical song that sings the praises of Laos, was composed to instill the people with a feeling of pride and patriotism. It tells the listener that "Laos is a beautiful country, rich with culture that enchants all who visit. Her beauty and charm will conquer all enemies". Instrumental, Asian, Lao music
This short travelling song brings us back to the music of the folk. Accompanied by Khaen and drum, a girl sings in the ancient Kamu language, for which there is no translation. Female Vocals, Asian, Lao music
Two rare examples of traditional Kamu flutes performed at dawn in the village of Lak Paed, on the banks of the Mekong. It is fascinating to hear the breathing techniques used by the instrumentalists and how the human voice blends with the Tot traverse flute. Instrumental, Asian, Lao music
A grand magical Laotian parade complete with the Queen of Luang Prabang coasting along through the ancient streets on her carnival elephant, escorted by maidens adorned with frangipani. Includes choirs, orchestras, dancers, bands, puppets and more. Mixed Vocals, Asian, Lao music
Ethnic Lao song played on a mountain version of the Khaen, a fascinating six-note instrument. Surrounded by villagers, the soloists, Chai Lau and Soa Da interact in a game they play and dance. One of the players accidentally trips over and everyone laughs. Instrumental, Asian, Lao music
On the banks of the Mekong at a tremendous picnic party, musicians, singers and dancers celebrate the Buddhist New Year. This song is about the cycle of life: farming, harvesting, courtship, marriage, children and so on. It is a well-known fun song with happy rapport between males and females. Mixed Vocals, Asian, Lao music
Mesmerizing chant-like poignant traditional solo male vocal from China's Yunnan Province beside Vietnam. In the Hani language (an ethnic minority language). Elders telling stories to the younger generation. Lyrics describe friendship as two people sawing wood together - pushing and pulling the saw. Male Vocals, Asian, Lao music
Traditional boatman's song, solo male vocal, from China's Yunnan province, in the Hani language (an ethnic minority language). Lyrics describe meeting old friends at the river crossing. Authentic traditional folk singing, SouthEast Asia travel documentary river trip ready, floating down the Mekong. Male Vocals, Asian, Lao music