Various Artists

Northern Vietnam: Music & Songs of the Minorities

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Vietnam has 54 ethnic minorities, each with sub-groups, spread around the entire Vietnamese territory. This CD presents samples of the traditional music of nine of these minorities living in the northern part of the country. Each of these minorities differ greatly in numbers (for example the Giáy People are around 38,000, while the Tày people are around 1,190,000 and the Vietnamese themselves, or Kinh people, are more than 60,000,000). You hear songs and instrumental pieces, played on unusual instruments. You hear oboes, flutes, fiddles, mouth organs, and other kinds of bamboo instruments. This CD is an homage to these people that most know near to nothing about, and who deserve to be acknowledged. There is a simplicity in these songs and pieces, but also a sincerity and a humility rarely encountered.

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