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Moken: Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea CD Still Available!!!

In 1999, I first visited the Moken sea nomads/sea gypsies in Ko Surin Marine National Park in Thailand. I had been  recording indigenous music around Asia for the British Library for some years. Thailand had not been on my usual routes, I spent most of my time in India, Pakistan and Nepal in the 90s. […]

The Sounds of the Moken – Sea Gypsies of Southeast Asia

I used to work with the British Library’s Sound Archive a decade ago and collected and documented music from around Asia for the library’s International Music Collection. Several ethnographic CDs of this work were released in the 90s, the rest sits in London and is accessible to researchers. The music of the Moken Sea Gypsies […]

From the Archives: The Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea – A British Library Project

When I first traveled around Asia in the early 1990s, I collaborated with the British Library on a long term recording project of indigenous music from the region. Hundreds of hours of recordings from Pakistan to the Philippines resulted from these travels and they are now deposited with the British Library’s International Music Collection part […]

Hill Tribes and Sea Nomads of Thailand – Photobook by Aroon Thaewchatturat (Text: Tom Vater)

The photobook of Thailand’s Hill Tribes and Sea Nomads by photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat is a companion guide to Tom Vater’s Kulturschock title of the same name, published in Germany in 2006 with Reise-Know How Verlag.

Savants of the Sea Engulfed by Politics – Thailand’s Sea Nomads’ Post-Tsunami challenges

The Moken sea gypsies, a small indigenous fishing community in Thailand, relied on their deep knowledge of the sea to save the lives of tourists and locals when the giant tsunami that devastated coastal communities in South Asia swept across their islands. Yet the Moken are facing stark choices in the aftermath of the catastrophe, […]

Tom Vater’s Beyond the Pancake Trench published by Orchid Press

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

The Moken – Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea – CD by Topic Records (UK)

The Moken – Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea is available from Topic Records (UK). The songs of the Moken, the last sea nomads of the Andaman Sea, where recorded by Tom Vater in Ko Surin National Park in 1999, located off the west coast of Thailand. Photos by Aroon Thaewchatturat. Liner notes by Tom Vater.

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