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 […]

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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 […]

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Thailands Bergvölker und Seenomaden – Bildband von Aroon Thaewchatturat (Text: Tom Vater)Hill Tribes and Sea Nomads of Thailand – Photobook by Aroon Thaewchatturat (Text: Tom Vater)

Ein Panorama Bildband von Fotografin Aroon Thaewchatturat und Autor Tom Vater zum Thema Bergvölker und Seenomaden Thailands ist im November 2006 bei Reise Know How erschienen. Der Besuch bei einem Bergstamm gehört zum Standard einer Reise nach Nordthailand. Mit einem Fuß in der mythischen Vergangenheit, mit dem anderen in der Moderne, unterscheiden sich diese exotischen […]

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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, […]

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The Moken – Die Musik der Seenomaden Südostasiens auf CDThe Moken – Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea – CD by Topic Records (UK)

The Moken – Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea ist in Zusammenarbeit mit der British Library bei Topic Records (UK) erschienen. Die Lieder der Moken, der letzten Seenomaden der Andamanischen See, wurden 1999 von Tom Vater auf Ko Surin, einem Inselarchipel vor der Westküste Thailands, aufgenommen. Fotos von Aroon Thaewchatturat. Liner notes von Tom Vater The Moken […]

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