Music of Thailand's ethnic cultures


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Sounds for the Spirits
Traditional Music of the Lisu

Lisu music is performed to an unseen audience: even the most raucous dance music is held to please the spirits. In their numerous ceremonies and private music-making, the Lisu express their respect for the other world as well as for their traditional beliefs and values. Originally from Tibet, the Lisu migrated into the highlands of Burma's Shan State and Yunnan Province in China, eventually spreading into Thailand and India. Many in Thailand have arrived from isolated communities in Burma and their differing ancestry and geographical background has led to variations in their music.The artists, none of whom are professional, comprise singers, banjo, flute and free reed pipe players drawn from villages in Northern Thailand. They play music for dancing and courting and perform animist ceremonies which play a major part in the life of the communities





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