A comparative study of Khmu ethnic music in Thailand and in the LAO People’s Democratic Republic

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Boondarika Kongphet
Jatuporn Seemuang
Hirun Jaksen


This research has three objectives. First, it aims to collect songs of Khmu ethnic groups and notation transcription in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, and Xieng Khuang Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Second, songs, musical instruments, and roles of music in their way of life of Khmu ethnic groups living in Thailand and in Xieng Khuang Province were studied and analyzed. Third, the results of the analyses were compared. This research was conducted by using documentary and field studies with observations and interviews with individual informants. The findings are as follows: (1) the musical repertoire of both the Khmu tribes inThailand and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is the song loop until the end of the song; (2) songs of Khmu in Thailand are still traditional, which means that they are played in Boon Greh Ritual, wedding ceremony, sword dance and the sound of Chiang Rai Pi. Moreover, in its present form, they are used to serve the society, for example, to promote tourism in Chiang Rai, while, in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the music is played only in traditional culture like the Boon Greh Ritual.


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