I Will Send My Song

Kammu Vocal Genres in the Singing of Kam Raw

by Håkan Lundström

  • Published: 2010
  • Pages: 216 pp.
  • Illustrated, with audio CD
Available from NIAS Press worldwide
ISBN Hardback: 978 87 91114 23 6, £50.00 (June 2010)
ISBN Paperback: 978 87 91114 32 8, £18.99 ()

This work provides ethnomusical presentation of one person’s vocal performance of varied texts and manners of performance.

An ethnomusical presentation of one person’s vocal performance of rather highly varied sets of words, manners of performance, and the use of these competences in communication with other singers. Although this orally transmitted form of singing is unique to the Kammu of northern Laos, it is related to a much larger complex in Southeast Asia and thus will be of interest to a wide group of musicologists.

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Håkan Lundström is Dean of the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University. His research specialization is in ethnomusicology and he has written about song, music and music terminology among the Kammu.

Håkan Lundström is Dean of the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University. His research specialization is in ethnomusicology and he has written about song, music and music terminology among the Kammu.

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by Helen Rees
From journal:
Chime Journal 18/19 (2013)

"Taken together, these two volumes (This and Kammu Songs (2006) red.) are an exhaustive study of Kammu song (…)

The careful, scientifically orientated presentation and analysis of a huge amount of data (…) certainly provide a wealth of detail that all, ows for well-supported generalizations’

"Taken together, these two volumes (This and Kammu Songs (2006) red.) are an exhaustive study of Kammu song (…)

The careful, scientifically orientated presentation and analysis of a huge amount of data (…) certainly provide a wealth of detail that all, ows for well-supported generalizations’

By the end, the reader is ready for a chapter, or another book, based on several years’ ethnographic research in the Laos of today, to get a sense of the musical lives of Kammu villagers in  anage of greater mobility and media influence. Perhaps that will come next’"

by William Noseworthy
From journal:
www.newasiabooks.org

"[The detailed work of explanation and transliteration] makes I Will Send My Song even more worthy a contribution to the field of Southeast Asian studies, as it could be used in any classroom to broaden the disciplinary approach.

"[The detailed work of explanation and transliteration] makes I Will Send My Song even more worthy a contribution to the field of Southeast Asian studies, as it could be used in any classroom to broaden the disciplinary approach. Additionally, the CD included in the volume makes for an excellent listening experience that includes haunting, playful, invigorating, and instructive tracks of Kam Raw’s vocal repertoire. All told, this book represents a distinct contribution to the study of Southeast Asian history and culture as a whole as it broadens the understanding of the field."

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