To conclude 2016, let’s congratulate our own Cambodia’s Chapei Dang Veng on being listed as the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. UNESCO announced 17 hours ago that Cambodia will receive financial support for the urgent safeguarding of Chapei Dang Veng musical tradition.
This Khmer musical tradition associated with the life, customs and beliefs of Cambodian people.
Chapei dang veng features the chapei (a lute often played at cultural festivals) accompanied by the performer singing, with lyrics ranging from educational and social commentary to satire incorporating poems, folk tales or Buddhist stories. Transmitting knowledge and values; creating a space for commentary; and contributing to peacebuilding the tradition transmitted orally may soon disappear with few practitioners due to the Khmer Rouge regime.