Thai Musik
Fong Naam
Folk Music

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Fong Naam, Mor lam, Wind In The Coconut In Trees

Fong Naam
Mor lam is the dominant folk music of Thailand's north-eastern Isaan region, which has a mainly Lao population. It has much in common with luk thung, such as its focus on the life of the rural poor. It is characterized by rapid-fire, rhythmic vocals and a funk feel to the percussion. The lead singer, also called a mor lam, is most often accompanied by the khaen, also known as khene.
There are about fifteen regional variations of mor lam, plus modern versions such as mor lam sing.
Some conservatives have criticized these as the commercialization of traditional cultures - this is a nonsense opinion.

The interpret of this music Gaston arrived in Thailand in the late 1960s, reportedly in an effort to avoid the American draft. He became a student and then a well-respected performer of the traditional khong wong, a circular gong-chime set performed within the classical Thai piphat orchestra. While maintaining contemporary classical traditions, the ensemble has also revitalized and recorded historic ensembles, repertoires and instruments and has blazed the trail for contemporary and collaborative modern neoclassical and intercultural Thai composition.

7 years ago.