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  • Chum Ngek


  • Chum Ngek plays traditional Cambodian music from Maryland.


  • Library of Congress
  • American Folklife Center, sponsoring body

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  • Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 2020-09-23.


  • -  Group name: Homegrown from Home. 25
  • -  Chum Ngek.
  • -  Recorded on 2020-09-23.
  • -  Chum Ngek was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2004. He is both an artist and a teacher known for his performing ability on the roneat, a 21-keyed xylophone. Born in Battambang Province, Chum came to this country in the early 1980s with a wave of Cambodian refugees and has served as a musical and educational leader of his community ever since. At the age of ten, he began learning the repertoire of the major Khmer musical genres, spanning classical and folk traditions. In addition, he learned the music of the kong (gongs), khimm (hammered dulcimer), sampho (two-faced drum) and tror (bowed fiddle). Soon his repertoire was so vast that many people were asking him to teach, and at age 18 he was recognized as a Krou (master teacher). National Heritage Fellow Sam Ang Sam points out that because he is acknowledged as the source for Cambodian music, Chum is frequently called on to conduct music workshops across the continent. Still, he continues to serve his more immediate community, as he teaches in the Washington, DC, area for the Cambodian Buddhist Society and the Cambodian American Heritage organization.


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  • 2024697064

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Library Of Congress, and Sponsoring Body American Folklife Center. Chum Ngek. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -09-23, 2020. Video.

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Library Of Congress & American Folklife Center, S. B. (2020) Chum Ngek. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -09-23. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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