11.03.2014 -

UNESCO Phnom Penh Office regrets the passing of Mr. Nyel Che

Nyel Che, blind musician who resourcefully makes music using a homemade zither crafted out of disposed cans and boxes.

UNESCO Phnom Penh Office regrets the passing of Mr. Nyel Che, a talented and creative musician. Mr. Nyel Che was all the more extraordinary in that he was a visually-impaired artist; resourcefully creating music using a homemade zither handcrafted out of disposed cans and boxes. Mr. Che’s lyrics were sung in the Bunong language and were an eclectic combination of both traditional melodies and chanting – an arrangement that had enthralled his audience in Mondulkiri province where he played daily against the scenic backdrop of the Busra Waterfall. UNESCO has worked with Mr. Che, to produce and capture a collection of his original songs in an album called Bunong Songs in 2010 with the aim to preserve and share widely his forgotten songs. He had brought hopes for the renewal of Bunong music, revitalizing this traditional form in the present time. Even after his passing, his music will carry on his artistic legacy and bear witness to his human strength in finding beauty in adversity.

Mr. Nyel Che’s album are available at Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) with all proceeds going to support his family members.

Listen to one of his song - Farming in Or Loal




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