Kong Nay, Cambodian Chapei Master

Local media guru Andy Carvin posted a video of Kong Nay, who is a master of the Chapei, which is something like a Cambodian folk guitar. What struck me about this was how familiar the music seemed. Definitely different from our music but somehow it resonated with my experience of traditional improvisational music we have here in the US.

The video was shot at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. If you haven’t been down there yet, get on down and see something really incredible. Only one more day remains before the Festival wraps up and you have to wait another year for entertainment like this. You can’t beat it – free culture. If they only had free food it would be perfect, but that’s asking a little much.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Carl Weaver is a writer and brewer for RealHomebrew.com and has been making beer and wine for more than 20 years. He is also an avid photographer and writer and just finished his first book, about a trip he took to Thailand to live in Buddhist monasteries. He considers himself the last of the Renaissance men and the luckiest darned guy in the world. Follow him on Twitter.

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