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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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.