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Music I heard while traveling in Issan (The NE region of Thailand that was previously Laos)
I just spent some time traveling Thailand, some of that was in the Issan region, which for those that don't know, is the large NE part of Thailand that was originally Laos, before the French created French Indochina in the late 1800s. After a short war (won by the French), Thailand was given the half of Loas which sits south and west of the Makong River (it was too far from the capital of French Indochina for the French to deal with). The Lao population there have been politically considered Thai ever since, though their language, food, and culture are much more Lao than Thai.
It is an interesting region, far different than urban Bangkok and central Thailand, or the beach resorts to the south on the coasts which are most popular with foreign tourists. The people of Issan still secretly practice dark witchcraft (though the official religion is Buddhism), eat the spiciest and hottest food known in Thailand (it will burn your lips off), and produce an old form of soul music that is known as Molam. Molam is popular in Thailand with Issan people, and also some of the more bohemian Thais in Bangkok. It's history parallels in some ways, the history of Jazz in the US, somewhat because it evolved as the music of the 2nd class within Thailand.