NYEL CHE - Folk Songs of the Bunong Vol​.​2

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Hommage à NYEL CHE. Folk songs of the Bunong Vol.2.

En juin 2015, j'enregistrais Jun et Sokroun de la communauté des Bunong au Cambodge (Indigenous Music of Cambodia #4 |​|​| Bunong Community - Folk songs). En peu de temps, le climat de confiance s'installe. L'un de leurs amis transfert sur ma clé USB, 100 chansons écrites par ce peuple en me disant: “Partage cette musique avec la terre entière”. NYEL CHE est l'auteur d'une partie de ces chansons. Aveugle, il crée, cette cithare composée d'une planche de bois en guise de corps, utilisant boites de conserve comme résonateurs, aligne des cordes de part et d'autre de la planche, un cote pour la mélodie, l'autre pour l'accompagnement et l'accordage se faisant à l'aide de simples petits morceaux de bois. Nyel Che décédait en 2014, il était dans sa trentaine. Il était le musicien des chutes d'eau de Bou Sra, province de Mondulkiri, Cambodge et le seul à maîtriser son instrument.
Le second volume se compose de 13 morceaux sans titres légerement saturés lors de l'enregistrement, mais qui laissent néanmoins transparaitre le génie de l'artiste.

Enregistrements réalisés par la communauté des Bunong.
Date inconnue.

Merci à Oum Rotanak Oudom, fondateur de The Cambodian Vintage Music Archive pour son aide.

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Tribute to NYEL CHE.

June 2015, I recorded Jun and Sokrun from the Bunong tribe of Cambodia (Indigenous Music of Cambodia #4 |​|​| Bunong Community - Folk songs). It didn’t take long to build trust. One of their friends, transfered on my USB stick, more or less a hundred songs written by the community and said to me: “Share this music with the whole world”.
NYEL CHE is the author of some of these songs. Blind, he created this zither which is made from a wooden board. He used cans as resonators, aligned strings on either side of the board, one side for the melody, the other as accompaniment. The tuning is done with small pieces of wood. Nyel Che passed away in 2014, he was in his thirties. He was the sole musician of Bou Sra waterfalls, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia and the only one to master his instrument.
The second volume is composed by 13 untitled tracks slightly satured during the recording, which doesn't really affect the genius of the artist.

Thanks to Oum Rotanak Oudom, founder of the Cambodian Vintage Music Archive.

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released March 8, 2017

Cover photo: Julien Poulson

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