Music of Southeast Asia

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Okay. Okay. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am certain that someone might want to listen to what traditional music sounds like from Burma, Perak, Malaya, Cameron Highlands, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, and South China. From the included booklet inside the record it notes that side two begins the program with “female voice singing a dancing girl’s song which contains the steady nasal tone with many glottal stops and some yodeling falsetto…”. If that sounds like your thing, then read (and play) on!

These recordings were done in the years 1956 and 1961, but many of them sound like they were recorded onto wax cylinders with a 12 volt car battery to help with amplification. Not surprising, with the limited portable recorders available, plus one had to have someone cart all of that equipment to the various places listed above.

So what you get in the end are the fruits of the Folkways Record company’s curiosity and their relentless desire to preserve the songs and culture of the world before it is removed and replaced with condos and casinos.

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