Kong Nay, Cambodian Chapei Master

Local media guru Andy Carvin posted a video of Kong Nay, who is a master of the Chapei, which is something like a Cambodian folk guitar. What struck me about this was how familiar the music seemed. Definitely different from our music but somehow it resonated with my experience of traditional improvisational music we have here in the US.

The video was shot at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. If you haven’t been down there yet, get on down and see something really incredible. Only one more day remains before the Festival wraps up and you have to wait another year for entertainment like this. You can’t beat it – free culture. If they only had free food it would be perfect, but that’s asking a little much.

3 Comments so far

  1. andy carvin (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Actually, for most of the years I’ve attended, there was free food in the form of a large Hare Krishna festival that would take place simultaneously at the other end of the mall. They would serve chaat and also sorts of other vegetarian delights. The two events always went together really well, so I’m bummed I didn’t see them this time around.


  2. Stacey (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    Wow, what a story (Nay’s).


  3. andy carvin (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

    btw, NPR did a story about Kong Nay a couple of months ago. The audio I used over the intro text of the video is from the recording session they did with him in Cambodian. It’s some of the best Delta blues I’ve ever heard, and it’s not even Delta blues. :-)



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