I Will Send My Song: Kammu Vocal Genres in the Singing of Kam Raw

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Today, the Kammu are an upland people mainly found in Laos, Yunnan, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam. This people – who have retained their orally based culture through to the present day – provide an example of complex sung poetry that has seldom been studied in detail. What this volume offers is an ethnomusicological presentation of one person’s vocal performance of rather highly varied sets of words in different manners of performance, and the use of these competences in communication with other singers. Although this orally transmitted form of singing is unique to the Kammu of northern Laos, it is related to a much larger complex in Southeast Asia and thus will be of interest to a wide group of musicologists.

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Today, the Kammu are an upland people mainly found in Laos, Yunnan, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam. This people – who have retained their orally based culture through to the present day – provide an example of complex sung poetry that has seldom been studied in detail. What this volume offers is an ethnomusicological presentation of one person’s vocal performance of rather highly varied sets of words in different manners of performance, and the use of these competences in communication with other singers. Although this orally transmitted form of singing is unique to the Kammu of northern Laos, it is related to a much larger complex in Southeast Asia and thus will be of interest to a wide group of musicologists.

 

 

Published by: NIAS Press

Paperback

2010

ISBN:  9788791114328