Preserving Cambodia’s cultural heritage with the Magic Music Bus

Chhay Areng Valley is not only known as an ecotourism destination attracting local and international visitors, it is also a place with a rich ethnic minority arts and culture heritage. But this culture is increasingly threatened with disappearance.

Among the cultural artefacts at risk in the area is the ploy musical instrument associated with the Chorng ethnic minority group that populates the area. It is in urgent need of conservation so that it can be passed down to the next generation.

A ploy is played by a musician blowing into the mouth of a dried calabash gourd connected to three to five bamboo pipes of differing length. The instrument’s sound is described as similar to that of a bumblebee.

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