Laos - Lam Saravane

Laos: Lam Saravane / Musique pour le khène
Nang Soubane Vongath, Sengphet Souryavongxay, Nouthong Phimvilayphone
Ocora (Radio France) C 559058
Ocora C 582058


  1. Lam Saravane

  2. Musique pour le khène
  3. Nam phat khay - "In the current of the Mekong"
  4. Khangdeuk - "Midnight Song"
  5. Khène Deum
  6. Mengphou Tom Dokmay - "The Insect prowls around the Flower"
  7. Pao Sat - "Invitation to the Spirit of the Khen"

Playing time: 70'

Recording date: January 1989 (Paris)

The first track is basically an extended format derived from the back-and-forth of courtship banter. Most women stop performing after getting married, so a performance of this level of quality is unusual. I have always found it highly effective, and although I do not really understand it, consider it to be one of the most interesting vocal performances on record. A male vocalist also participates, with low-key accompaniment on flute, khene, and drum.

The tracks on the mouth organ khene are also rather interesting, but the minority of the program.

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T. M. McComb