Sunday, March 29, 2020

khana mae kaet luang: hae phuen mueang prayuk chut klong sabat chai

artist: คณะ แม่แก้ดหลวง (khana mae kaet luang)
album: แห่พื้นเมืองประยุกต์ ชุด กลองสะบัดชัย (hae phuen mueang prayuk chut klong sabat chai)
01. กลองสะบัดชัย ตอน 1 (klong sabat chai, pt. 1)
02. กลองสะบัดชัย ตอน 2 (klong sabat chai, pt. 2)

this cassette was a generous gift from our pal sam of the (now sadly defunct) archive of southeast asian music

this week, we have another entry of northern thai marathon percussion! like our klong tueng nong cassette of earlier, this tape features 2 whole sides (or 1 half-hour's worth) of drum, cymbal and gong. the style on display here is klong sabat chai, or "victory drum", as performances were said to traditionally mark the end of military campaigns. the events typically feature an acrobatic performance from the lead drummer, who often employ their hands, elbows, knees and head as beaters. our title describes the content as prayuk, or "modernized", but unfortunately i don't know quite enough about the history of the art-form to tell you precisely what's been modernized. the performers here are the mae kaet luang ensemble, recording for chiang mai's thipphanet enterprise record store (still in business!), with recommendations for use in parades.. enjoy!

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