Thai organ

Thai/ Laotian khaen; Khamu sngkuul

raft-shaped free reed organ used extensively in Issan and Lao folk music. 7, 8 or 9 pairs of bamboo tubes of varying lengths, each tube pitched differently in a pentatonic scale. The section of the tubes containing the reed is enclosed in a wooden chamber. The instrument has been adopted by some Laotian Khamu groups who play it to accompany singing or solo in a more gentle style than that of Thai and Laotian khaen music. One member of the forest-dwelling Mlabri tribe who was moved to the lowlands learned it by listening to radio from Laos and has composed songs in the traditional language. It remains to be seen whether it will be adopted by that ethnic group.

Khamu sngkuul player

Mlabri khaen player

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