Kavet in Cambodia (KG 2004)

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Recorded by Laurent Jeanneau (KinkGong) in Lalai village, Ratanakiri province, in January 2004.

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The Kavet are a sub-group of Brao people, half of the latter living in Cambodia and the other half in Laos. They speak the same language and all belong to the Mon Khmer family.
On this cd you can listen to a village party in Lalai, Veunsai district in Ratanakiri province: most people are involved in swidden agriculture outside of the village and this party is the occasion to gather everyone. The village is closed during 3 days to outsiders and will them reopen with a three day ceremony where ensemble of 5 gongs are being played with an additional pair of flay gongs (called thai). While nipple gongs are being played, some men and women are dancing, a woman is clapping 2 large bamboo tubes and hitting them on the ground. This village party is taking place during the dry season and is fuelled with rice wine in big jars.


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