Various - Gong Culture Of South East Asia Vol 4: Co Ho
The Co-Ho people are an ethnic group living in the southern part of the central highlands of Vietnam. They speak a Mon-Khmer language. Co-Ho are animists who make a division between two types of supernatural spirits: the first type, with human characteristics, are called "Yang" - these are gods which are worshipped during ceremonies and important rituals to prevent from bac luck, which is represented by the second type of spirits, called "Cha" (devils).
The music of Co-Ho people serves different rituals and thus there are different styles of gong music, played on both flat and knobbed gongs. Usually an ensemble consists of six gongs. On this recording, the number of gongs ranges from 2 to 6.
On the occasions where music is performed in duo (such as first track), a small ritual is conducted as a means to show respect to the ancestors. This particular track is quite rare and consists of improvisation and call & response. If one of the gong players is unable to follow the other one, the player who fails to follow needs to drink rice wine from the vase. For this album, two locations for 2 groups in total were visited.
Duet gongs – Chiêng đôi (2 gongs)
Sa phip – mừng lúa trổ bông – Celebrate the rice in bloom (3 gongs)
Ro gom nac – Welcome song - Chieng prao (6 gongs)
Dăn Biap Dăn Goh – Pray for food (5 gongs)
Par kring – pray for health (4 gongs)
Ching k'tinh (6 gongs)
Ching me (6 gongs)
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