The Traditional Music Recording, Protection and Distribution Project was initiated by GAPE in 2006 to support the protection and local distribution of traditional music in Champasak, Attapeu and Xekong Provinces in Southern Laos, as this cultural heritage is rapidly disappearing in many villages. Four CDs resulting from this project are listed below, along with selected songs.
Peng Gawng is played by three people from the Heuny group playing three nippled gongs (gawng). This song is often played during Animist ceremonies. Recorded in Oupasa village, Paksong District.
Gaw Gawng Mat involves five Brao men playing five nippled gongs, and is played on many festive occasions. Recorded in Na Village, Phathoumphone District.
‘Npo-it ‘Npo-it a We Mawn Slang Grai Jeu Leuay is sung by women from the Kavet sub-group of the Brao people. This kind of singing is done by a young woman calling to her just-returned lover. Recorded in Phouhom Village.
‘Npo-it ‘Npo-it Janeel Goor is poetry by the Kavet sub-group. The poem encourages young men to stay in the village and get a lover. Recorded in Vongvilai Neua Village.
Kaw Gawng Kanying is played by six people from the Kanying sub-group, and uses three gongs and three pairs of small cymbals (char). Recorded in Nam Souan (Dak Joor) Village.
‘Ndou-it ‘Ndou-it Sang Ja Boy Jar is poetry by a woman from the Hamong subgroup Ya Meung. Recorded in Tra-oum Village.
Panaw is played by one Arak man using a flat gong (papaw). The song is played at various ceremonies, and was recorded in Mo Village, Laman District.
Japayl is sung by five women from the Triang ethnic group, this song is about Lavi traditions. Recorded in Xenoi Village, Lamam District.
The following two CDs were recorded through support from the Highlanders Association working in Ratanakiri Province of northeast Cambodia
Tampoan Songs includes 12 recordings of the music of the Tampoan (also spelled Tampuan or Tompuan) people who live in the mountainous regions of southern and western Ratanakiri. Two selections are included below:
Chep A young woman courts a young man using an eight-piece bamboo pan flute. Recorded in Yak Loam Commune, Ban Lung District, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.
Jariang is sung by a Tampuan woman, but in the Jarai language. The singing relates to the late 1960’s when people were hiding in the forests and fighting for their freedom against the US-backed Lon Nol Government. Recorded at Yak Loam Commune, Ban Lung District, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.
Gaw Gawng Is played on a set of five nippled gongs, with one male musician per gong, and a woman strikes two large sections of bamboo on the ground and against each other to go with the rhythm. Recorded in Rok Village, Veun Say District, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.
Gaw Jing Gawng Three nippled and seven flat gongs are played by ten people. This type of gong music is usually played at Animist ceremonies and for enjoyment, or gaw araw chom. Recorded at Trabok Village, Taveng District, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.