Kammu Songs: The Songs of Kam Rawby NIAS
January 2006. 304 pp., 15x23 cm
- An ethnomusicological study of the Kammu singing tradition.
- One Kammu person’s repertoire of social adult songs.
- More than a collection of songs since it also attempts to demonstrate how the songs may be varied in practical use.
This volume offers the repertoire of Kam Raw who grew up in a Kammu village in northern Laos. The words of the songs are given in the Kammu language with English interpretations. The songs are presented in simplified form but also appear as they do in the actual singing situations. Thus, this is more than a collection of songs since it also attempts to demonstrate how the songs may be varied in practical use. This book should be seen as a companion volume to I Will Send My Song. Together the two volumes provide new and extensive information on the rather little studied field of Kammu singing.