On March 18th, 2017 in Marseille, within the framework of the Festival Babel Med, the Charles Cros Academy distinguished from a «Crush» the CD 1490 LAOS published by VDE-GALLO and MEG (Museum of Ethnography of Geneva). The recordings and the photos, realized on the ground between 1998 and 2015, as well as the text of presentation, are of Véronique de Lavenère. The director of publication is Madeleine Leclair, a conservative in charge of the ethnomusicology in MEG, and director of the International Archives of recorded Popular Music.
Ancestral population of the North of Laos, established in this region since millenniums, Khmu are the archetypal agents of the representative musical practices of the «civilization of the bronze and the bamboo» which developed in South-East Asia.
Teum, songs of love, marriage, patriotic, the everyday life, are accompanied by the mouth-organ. They are next to «intimate Musics» for flutes (tot, trrlau veul) and clarinets (pi) and ritual Musics played by instrumental ensembles including struck bamboo.