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UNESCO Cambodia: Folk and Ceremonial Music (UNES08068) & Royal Music (UNES08011)

Smithsonian Folkways is currently re-releasing the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music catalog as custom CD or download. The latest re-releases from Southeast Asia are two excellent albums of Cambodian music.

 

Cambodia: Folk and Ceremonial Music

Traditional Cambodian ceremonial orchestras may be divided into two groups: those composed of string and wind instruments and those that are primarily percussion ensembles using keyed metallophones, gongs, and xylophones (pinpeat orchestras). This album, recorded between 1966 and 1968, features both. Historically, the pinpeat orchestras, often with several hundred musicians, performed ceremonial music for the Brahmins (the highest ranking caste) or the king. This recording captures the essence of the distinctive musical forms that have survived since the 11th century.
In addition, Master Srey-Yim performs solos on the tro khmer, a three-string bowed instrument, and the sadev, a gourd monochord, in a folk music orchestra. Also heard is the chapey, a two-string lute that is ideal for accompanying vocal improvisations because of its technical possibilities and the effects of attacking the strings in different ways. The album includes music for weddings, boxing matches, and shadow theater.

 

Cambodia: Royal Music

The roots of Cambodian music trace back to the ninth century and the establishment of the Khmer Empire. Cambodian music was based on systems that originated in the local culture, using instruments indigenous to the Indo-Chinese peninsula like bronze gongs and bamboo xylophones. Contemporary Cambodian orchestras are modest compared to the Khmer Empire era grand ensembles, which sometimes featured hundreds of musicians, but they remain reflective of the musical art form.

This 1971 recording features sacred royal Khmer music performed by ensembles of the Royal Palace orchestra and choir. The liner notes describe the origins of Cambodian (Khmer) music and the important role played by the Royal Palace in its preservation and performance. The liner notes also provide a brief description of each of the compositions.

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Hill Tribe Music

Re-upped the damaged mp3s from the August 2012 post . . . if you like what you hear please purchase an original CD.

Missing You (Karen – harp)

Before Harvesting (Karen – hom)

Big Feast (Hmong – big gourd-pipe)

Courting (Hmong – jew’s harp)

Good Bye (Hmong – girl singer)

Nice To Meet You (Lahu – gourds-pipe)

Courting (Lahu – jew’s harp)

Courting (Lahu – pipe)

Respect To Elder (Mien – oboe & cymbal)

Marriage (Mien – oboe)

Rock Dance (Mien – oboe & drum & cymbal)

Chikuca (Akha – small gourd-pipe)

Swinging (Akha – group singer)

Rawnum Rosae sae (Akha – group & flute)

New Year (Lisu – big gourd-pipe)

New Year (Lisu – girl & gourd-pipe)

New Year (Lisu – quill sting instrument)

Hill Tribe Music CD sleeve 1

Hill Tribe Music CD sleeve 2 Hill Tribe Music CD

Indonesia: Music from West Java (UNES08041)

Smithsonian Folkways is currently re-releasing the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music catalog as custom CD or download.

The most recent re-release Indonesia: Music from West Java features the enchanting “Wayang Golek: Scene from the Ramayana”

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Li, Xiu Xiang “The spirit of valley” CD

“The old songs . . . The legend of white bat”

The back cover reads:

This album is a tribute to

He, Cheng dian

He, Xi dian

He, Xue kong

Zhang, Mo jun

He, Yu tang

He, Kai xiang

He, Ji guei

He, Shi cheng

He, Ding ba

…………….

They have been influence and give lots of advices to Li, Xiu xiang. They are spirit of Naxi ethnic group, May they rest in peace.

Thanks to Yunnan Yulong County Government and Press Bureau…

Published by The images and music of ethnic group culture company

 

A big thank you to NiNa for providing the CD and the translation!

 

Thai Northeast Local Music LP

Thai Northeast Local Music – A1

Thai Northeast Local Music – A2

Thai Northeast Local Music – A3

Thai Northeast Local Music – A4

Thai Northeast Local Music – A5

Thai Northeast Local Music – A6

Thai Northeast Local Music – B1

Thai Northeast Local Music – B2

Thai Northeast Local Music – B3

Thai Northeast Local Music – B4

Thai Northeast Local Music – B5

Thai Northeast Local Music – B6

สถาบันวิทยาศาสตร์การเรียนรู้ (lullaby compilation from all regions of Thailand)

01 นกกาเหว่า

02 นกขมิ้น

03 นกเขา

04 ขนมเชียงมา

05 เจ้านกขุนทอง

06 นกเอี้ยง

07 นกกาเหว่า

08 แม่หม้ายกล่อมลูก

09 แม่หม้ายกล่อมลูก

10 กล่อมลูกโคราช

11 กล่อมลูกล้านนา

12 พระคุณแม่(1)

12 พระคุณแม่(2)

13 หน่อไม้

14 ลูกน้อยในอู่

15 นกกาเหว่า

16 ราหูพระจันทร์

17 ไก่เถื่อน-พระอภัย(1)

17 ไก่เถื่อน-พระอภัย(2)

18 อาจิ๊มูกอปิตู

19 มูแซมาตอแมเราะ

20 ซูซูลือเมาะมานิ เจ๊ะแม๊ะเดวี กาเย๊อะดีลอ