Surely everyone must by now be familiar with Wikipedia‘s extremely thorough article on Mor lam that opens thus:
Mor lam (Thai/Isan: หมอลำ [mɔ̌ː lam]) is a traditional Lao form of song in Laos and Isan. Mor lam means expert song, or expert singer, referring to the music or artist respectively. Other romanisations used include mo lam, maw lam, maw lum, moh lam and mhor lum. In Laos, the music is known simply as lam (ລຳ); mor lam (ໝໍລຳ) refers to the singer.
Note also Wikipedia‘s Dance and theatre of Laos:
Lam Lao (ລຳລາວ) or morlam (ໝໍລຳ [mɔ̌ː lám]) is the general descriptor for Lao folk music, which at its most basic level consists of the singer/story-teller and the khene (ແຄນ [kʰɛ́ːn]). In Isan, both terms are interchangeable, but in Laos, morlam only refers to the singer. Troupes travel around like minstrels performing at various locales. There are many regional styles, depending on the local tone contours and preferred instrumentation and melodies. The music that accompanies a lam lao performance may also include various types of percussion, fiddles, lutes, xylophones, or oboes as well as some that are more characteristic of classical ensembles. Lyrics are drawn from old poetry, classical stories, or improvised according to the complicated tonal rhyming patterns of the verse and can range from topics as serious as religious sermons and Jataka tales to sometimes bawdy verses about love and sex. Although the performances themselves are not necessarily theatrical, the closest being the exchanges of witty repartées in alternating verses or songs between a male and a female morlam who pretend to fall in love before departing or friends who try to outwit each other. The songs are interspersed with dance numbers, comedic routines, ham acting, and teasing between the performers and the audience.
A less complex article on the music was written by Geoff Alexander in reference to the effort of the Academic Film Archive of North America to “document” some of the earlier recordings.
YouTube is rich with sample videos in this genre, and many other websites specialize in cataloging their own collection of those same videos.
Rather than continue and repeat what have I have already written in earlier posts, I am going to here offer some related references to the topic of “Morlam Lao” — these are being added in a post edit of July 7 (2012). I tried not to allow much duplication of video examples. A couple of the samples were so dreadfully mutated to suit the tastes of popular music for young people that I almost did not include them; but music does ‘evolve,’ after all:
Morlum Lao : Chanto Sopha . The Nouhouang Brothers . Siang Khaen Taen Jai . Ethnic Minority Music of Southern Laos . Mekkhala Sathaphone . Swanthong . Aoy Jai . Ajarn Thorn Phuehugphay . Andy Chanthavixay . Latsamy Phoudindong .
Publish Date: 01/10/2011 0:02
The khaen is played as a solo instrument, with Ponglang (wooden xlophone from Northeast Thailand), or used as an accompaniment for Lao Folk music which is called Morlum. A typical khaen solo would be one of the “Lai …
Publish Date: 05/28/2012 17:59
Blog Entry, Mor Lum lao xing7, Nov 3, ’11 1:58 PM by phinh for everyone. Tags: lao song. Prev: kin beer num mia mun khom. Next: Lum Phuthai · reply. 1 Comment. Chronological, Reverse, Threaded …
Publish Date: 11/03/2011 10:58
This happened in February at a club called Sonic on Soi Ekkamai in Bkk. Mor Lum is a style of music from Laos (the country) and Isaan, which you could say is culturally Lao. The band playing is a reunited mor lum band that …
Publish Date: 02/27/2012 20:49
This lum has passed from one generation to the next. Ms. Tai Oratai is the best Mor Lum in the land of issan. I love Tai very much. Reply. LOSTSTIQ says: June 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm. Paak Esan was part of Laos, til it was given …
Publish Date: 06/26/2012 23:32
Click here to view this video on YouTube. It’s not easy shooting a video when people keep blocking the stage, I did the best I could and hope you will enjoy. I gave up my seat to my sister to get a better shot of the fashion show …
Publish Date: 07/11/2011 21:32
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Publish Date: 05/27/2009 0:00
Straight outta Laos: Mor-Lum Hip-Hop Video Link: “Morlum/hiphop infusion.” No further information about the artist (or the dancers, or the song) is provided in English, but I’ll gladly update the post when I learn more. Mor Lum …
Publish Date: 04/19/2011 11:00
Lao Mor Lum – Chantho Sopha. By Admin on 8:28 PM. Filed Under: Chantho Sopha. Other Recommended Posts >. Lao Mor Lum – Chantho Sopha. 0 comments for this post. Post a Comment. Post a Comment. Newer Post Older Post Home …
Publish Date: 07/26/2010 20:28
Morlum of Lao & Thai Mostly everything for Morlam), Morlum Shin, Lam Lao. Queen of Morlum. I think Banyen is a Queen of Morlum singer of Thailand. She is singing in this field for a long time, but still has something that another singers …
Publish Date: 01/31/2008 23:59
“lao morlum – remix” · YouTube · lao morlum – remix. © 2010 YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066. Filed under: thailand. Posted. Tweet · 0 responses · Like · Comment. Viewed. times. To Posterous, Love Metalab. Quantcast.
Publish Date: 05/05/2010 11:48
I must admit that I don’t listen to morlum much. The most I ever heard are probably at lao parties, which I don’t attend often. One can easily argue that morlum is not very popular among lao youngsters, especially abroad.
Publish Date: 06/26/2010 14:35
… of its Laotian origins, Olsen decided he wanted to become a proselytizing spokesperson for Laotian culture; he abandoned all Thailand connections to focus entirely on the lesser-known underdog style of Morlum Lao folk.
Publish Date: 11/20/2008 14:18
And this kind of songs are called –Morlum– in Thailand and Laos. It’s very popular in Esarn : East of Thailand & also has tradition in Laos too. Originally came from Lao and ancient Lao area : called ‘ Lum Lao in Thailand.
Publish Date: 10/03/2008 8:26
Morlum. lao mor lam. Thanks saolaoZoveR · Play Full Window. Thai/Lao rap. Thanks laotianism · Play Full Window. Lao Morlum Remix Thanks kingraver92 · Play Full Window …
Publish Date: 06/22/2008 19:27
Lam Mahaxai Southida Panoy Morlam Lao Song
Uploaded by LaoUSA2010 on Jun 14, 2010
Lam Mahaxai by Southida Panoy Best of Lao Morlam Song
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