Indigenous Music of Cambodia #3 |​|​| Jarai Community - Gongs

by Les Cartes Postales Sonores

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Most of the rural areas of Ratanakiri are populated with indigenous people. The Jarai or Jrai community is one other among the Tampuan, Kreung, Brao, etc. According to their location, next to the Vietnamese border, the Jarai peopele are either living in the Cambodia or Vietnam.

The 5 first songs are wedding, welcoming and sacrifice songs played by 10 gongs, 1 tro and 13 singers/dancers. They have been recorded in a barn dedicated to Jarai community gatherings.

The last recoding "Funeral" has been recorded in the village of Pak Thom, where some funerals were organised. Everyone who has a link either with the deceased or with the Jarai community is invited to the ceremony. The coffin is surrounded by family and friends. The celebration involve a large quantity of rice wine and beer. To escort the spirit, 12 gongs and a drum were playing by spinning into circle around. The steps of the dancers follow the rythm. This sound last for 15 mins before the family and friend carried the coffin for the cremation.

Recorded by Julien Hairon in june 2015.


released October 15, 2015

Footage of the funeral ceremony:




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Les Cartes Postales Sonores is a field recording project by Julien Hairon capturing the soundscapes, music and traditions of local and indigenous populations around the world.

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