Chapey, traditional Cambodian musical instrument, makes UNESCO list.

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Chapey, traditional Cambodian musical instrument, makes UNESCO list.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:04 pm

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The art form chapey dong veng was has been certified by UNESCO as part of Cambodia’s intangible cultural heritage .

The UN body agreed to provide more than $230,000 to support its protection and potential resurgence as an art form.

At a UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, it was agreed to put the chapey dong veng on the list after two previous applications for the art to be recognized had been rejected.

The chapey is an instrument with two to four strings used for traditional music, and when combined with poems in Khmer, becomes the chapey dong veng art form...

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32696/ ... esco-list/
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Postby prettyvacant » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:13 pm

Master Kong is rock 'n' roll, if one feels that 1 hour long drones and buddhist verse recitals is rock, that is.

I love this stuff. I guess not that many do. It reminds me a little bit of Moroccan Gnawa, like the band Naess El Ghiwane. I guess the similarity are the simple string instruments with very few strings.

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Postby prahkeitouj » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:42 pm

When I was young, I liked to listen to Chapey because they composed rhyme words and meaningful to educate us.

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Postby John Bingham » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:46 pm

prettyvacant wrote:Master Kong is rock 'n' roll, if one feels that 1 hour long drones and buddhist verse recitals is rock, that is.
You seem to have completely missed the point there. The Chapei is usually played in conjunction with Khmer folk protest poems, which are often ad libbed. Unless you know the Khmer language and it's various nuances and word-plays very well you will never understand the verses. It's in the main humorous, but often scathing. There is nothing particularly Buddhist about it. Get a clue before you complain about something you know nothing about. :please:
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Postby Anchor Moy » Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:24 am

John Bingham wrote:
prettyvacant wrote:Master Kong is rock 'n' roll, if one feels that 1 hour long drones and buddhist verse recitals is rock, that is.
You seem to have completely missed the point there. The Chapei is usually played in conjunction with Khmer folk protest poems, which are often ad libbed. Unless you know the Khmer language and it's various nuances and word-plays very well you will never understand the verses. It's in the main humorous, but often scathing. There is nothing particularly Buddhist about it. Get a clue before you complain about something you know nothing about. :please:
You mean it's something like a Khmer cultural equivalent of rap or slam poetry ? Plus the humour. 8-)
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Postby prettyvacant » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:22 pm

John Bingham wrote:
prettyvacant wrote:There is nothing particularly Buddhist about it. Get a clue before you complain about something you know nothing about. :please:
Thanks for the clarification. Now work on your reading comprehension. I wasn't complaining.
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Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:19 am

A meeting of the Chapey masters
Fri, 27 January 2017
Vandy Muong

Once an important musical form and storytelling tool, Chapey Dang Veng is now fighting for survival. Some of its most celebrated players met together last Saturday to celebrate the craft and to discuss its preservation.

They came from all over – four chapey masters converging on the home of the very oldest practitioner of the craft, Prach Chhoun, in Takeo province. Blind since the age of 7, 81-year-old Chhoun is now too ill to travel. So the others made the journey to pay their respects.

After decades of playing the long-necked Chapey Dang Veng for the public, the masters find themselves largely ignored today, despite the musical form being recognised by UNESCO last year as an intangible cultural heritage.

But today is meant to be a celebration and a reunion. The youngest of the bunch, 59-year-old Neth Pe begins by telling his story in song. Living in a pagoda and blind since childhood, he picked up the chapey because he loved the sound of the chapey masters on the radio. His style differs from the traditional form; whereas older players like Chhoun stick to scripts inspired by Buddhist texts and religious stories, Pe sings stories about daily life...
Full article: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weeke ... ey-masters
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Postby taabarang » Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:30 pm

I remember way back when the Capital restaurant was loaded with prostitutes. There was a young chapey troubadour who would serenade them. The girls were uncontrollably laughing. I didn't understand Cambodian at that time but I seriously doubt the were being morally educated. Does anyone know if this instrument is used for bawdy songs?
Nu stiu, n-am vazut, nici pe aici n-am trecut.

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