Tuesday, 27 September 2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS
(MUSIC: VARIOUS)

Early 1900's wax cylinder phonograph recording in Laos.
-Field recording by Alfred Raquez, a french photographer who took quite a few of the pictures featured in this ongoing serie (right).
-1912, Albert Sarraut sharing some fields recordings with some Hmong people (left).
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VARIOUS KINDS OF MOUTH ORGANS.

There is a pretty nice book published by UNESCO about
Laotian ethnic minorities cultures available for free.
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VARIOUS MUSICIANS
A mahori ensemble (left).
Musicians in villages.
A luth player

Monday, 26 September 2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS
(WORKING: VARIOUS)

 Women picking tea in Northern Laos.
 Fishing in the Mekong.
Boxers during training
Tacking the buffalo to the veterinary / A tattooist at work / Gold panning.
 Lumbering.
 Building roads and bridges.
Vegetables sellers.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS
(WORKING: TRANSPORTATION)

An important local personality and his horse.
 Railway used for transportation of merchandise and passengers.
Transportation by canoe on the Mekong.
 buffaloes used for transportation of people and goods.
an elephant caravan.

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS
(WORKING: RICE FARMING)

In Esan and Laos the production of rice is one of the main farming occupation. Even nowadays, most of the families in rural areas own their own paddies where they produce the rice for themselves and their relatives living in cities. Traditionally, in Esan and Laos the rice grow in flooded paddies and the main variety produced is sticky rice "khao niaow". This rice is usually steamed and served at every meals, it's also used pounded and toasted (in "Larb" salads), as flour (usually to produce various kinds of sweets and desserts) and can also be used while still unripe as a popular snack during temple fairs.
Mens with buffaloes plowing the fields.
The rice is growing in a flooded paddy (left).
Women in the rice paddies during the harvest (right).
Back to the village with the harvest (left)
Some women are pounding the rice to remove the skin (right)
Details of the mashing pillons.
Rice kept in the attic

Neak Sre (Rice People), the Cambodian movie directed by Rithy Panh gives an interesting view of the life in South East Asian rural areas.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

41 SOMMUK MO LAM NOY (KHAP LAM PHUN MUANG LAO)

Today, we continue our little molam trip in Laos with another great tape from PK promotion.
If during the last two week we heard some modernised lam lao, this week, we have a really nice take on traditional lam with mister SOMMUK MO LAM NOY (sadly his name is partly cut on the cover so it's probably not accurate). A perfect soundtrack for the vintage photos posted yesterday.
Today we'll listen to KHAP LAM PHUN MUANG LAO. In this album, Sommuk Mo Lam Noy performs various kinds of traditional lam Lao: lam khonsavane, lam Phu Tai, lam bansok, lam tangwai, lam phuan and lam saravane. All perfectly sung by Sommuk Mo Lam Noy with a really deep voice and his vocalist friends.
11 pretty long songs and more than 1 hour of pure lam! Of course the main instrument played here is khaen, there is also some saw, various percussions and some male backing vocals. A really nice recording!
SOMMUK MO LAM NOY ສົມມຶກ ໝໍລຳນ້ອຍ
KHAP LAM PHUN MUANG LAO ຂັບລຳພື້ນເມືອງລາວ
01 ລືມສະຫວັນແລ້ວບໍ່ (LAM KHONSAVANE)
02 ສະເຫນ່ສາວແມ່ຮ້າງ (LAM KHONSAVANE)
03 ໂຊເຟີລະເມີຮັກ (LAM KHONSAVANE)
04 ສາວຜູ້ໄທໃຈບ້ຽວ (LAM PHU TAI)
05 ຄິດຮອດສາວຝັ່ງຂອງ (LAM PHU TAI)
06 ຖຽງນານ້ອຍຄອຍນາງ (LAM  BANSOK)
07 ບ້ານຊອກແຊວຊິ້ງ (LAM  BANSOK)
08 ຕັງຫວາຍສາລາກ້ຽງ (LAM TANGWAI)
09 ກະລອງເຢາະຢາມໃຈ (LAM TANGWAI)
10 ຂອງຝາກຈາກທົ່ງໄຫ (LAM PHUAN)
11 ສາລະວັນບ້ານເຮົາ (LAM SARAVANE)
 All the Lao kids pictures were taken in Vientiane during different trips in the last few years