A report on Lao peopleLaos and Khene

A khene player in Isan
Map showing linguistic family tree overlaid on a geographic distribution map of Tai-Kadai family. This map only shows general pattern of the migration of Tai-speaking tribes, not specific routes, which would have snaked along the rivers and over the lower passes.
Khene
Lan Xang's zone of influence and neighbours, c. 1540
Pha That Luang in Vientiane is the national symbol of Laos.
The French forced the Siamese to renounce their claims to Lao territory in 1893, thus signalling the genesis of the modern Lao state.
Fa Ngum, founder of the Lan Xang Kingdom
Offering of food to monks to make merit at a temple in Vientiane
Local Lao soldiers in the French Colonial guard, c. 1900
A spirit house near Wat Kham Chanot, Udon Thani Province, Thailand
French General Salan and Prince Sisavang Vatthana in Luang Prabang, 4 May 1953
A statue of Lord Brahma (background) at a temple in Vientiane.
Ruins of Muang Khoun, former capital of Xiangkhouang province, destroyed by the American bombing of Laos in the late 1960s
A dish of Tam mak hoong, ping gai, and khao nio, a very common Lao meal.
Pathet Lao soldiers in Vientiane, 1972
Mekong River flowing through Luang Prabang
Paddy fields in Laos
Laos map of Köppen climate classification.
Flag of the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ASEAN heads of state in New Delhi on 25 January 2018
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016
Hmong girls in Laos, 1973
A proportional representation of Laos exports, 2019
GDP per capita development in Laos
Near the sanctuary on the main upper level of Vat Phou, looking back towards the Mekong River
Rivers are an important means of transport in Laos.
Pha That Luang in Vientiane. The Buddhist stupa that is a national symbol of Laos.
Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane.
National University of Laos in Vientiane.
An example of Lao cuisine
Lao women wearing sinhs
Lao dancers during the New Year celebration
New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.
Wat Nong Sikhounmuang - buddhist pagoda in Luang Prabang.

They are the majority ethnic group of Laos, making up 53.2% of the total population.

- Lao people

The khene is the national instrument of Laos.

- Khene

The khene music is an integral part of Lao life that promotes family and social cohesion and it was inscribed in 2017 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Although it is associated with the Lao people of Laos and Isan (Northeast Thailand) nowadays, other similar instruments date back to the Bronze Age.

- Khene

The politically and culturally dominant Lao people make up 53.2% of the population, mostly in the lowlands.

- Laos

The music is noted for the use of the khene (Lao: ແຄນ, Isan: แคน, ) instrument.

- Lao people

For example, Laotian music is dominated by its national musical instrument, the khaen, a type of bamboo mouth organ that has prehistoric origins.

- Laos

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A khene player in Isan

Mor lam

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A khene player in Isan
The xo ou (BGN/PCGN)/so u (RTGS), the low-pitched fiddles common in some styles of lam from southern Laos and most of northeastern Thailand.
A lanat ék/ranat ék (BGN/PCGN)/ranat ek (RTGS), a xylophone used in some varieties of khap and lam. The many types of lanat/ranat are also used in classical Lao music.
Mor lam performance-the men are playing the khene and wearing pha sarong
The san and yao scales.
The basic rhythm of traditional mor lam
A mor lam VCD featuring Jintara. The karaoke text, dancers, and backdrop are typical of the genre.

Mor lam (Lao: ໝໍລຳ; Thai/Isan: หมอลำ ; ) is a traditional Lao form of song in Laos and Isan.

Traditionally, the tune was developed by the singer as an interpretation of a klon poem and accompanied primarily by the khene (a free reed mouth organ).

As the lowland areas of Laos and Isan are essentially one shared cultural region of Lao people, few differences, especially at its most traditional level, are present to distinguish traditional forms on either side.