Hmong / Hani in Vietnam (KG 2007)

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Recorded by Laurent Jeanneau (Kink Gong) with Shi Tanding in Sapa and in San Na Pen and Muong Hum villages in the district of Ba Xat, in December 2007.

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The Hani originate from South of China where they now number one and a half million. The Hani of North Vietnam are a much smaller community with only 15,000 people. Some can also be found in Laos and Thailand.
On this cd you can listen to songs of two subgroups of Hani:
- the Flower Hani also called locally Hani Hmong - they use the Hmong language and sing similarly to Hmongs
- the Black Hani who have their distinctive language and singing patterns.
Like for other ethnic groups in this area, the singer reuses a traditional singing patterns while choosing the words that best describe his/her own story. A good art of those songs express tragic lives and strong emotions that bring performers to cry.


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