This May, I had the opportunity to meet with the immensely talented Lao singer and activist Noi Sengsourigna who is currently touring the United States as a cultural ambassador from Laos.
She is also working to bring attention to the amazing work at the Sengsourigna Children’s Music Center (SCMCC) which is working under the umbrella of Social Science Researchers Art of Speaking Promotion Association or SRASPA. The inspiration for the Center came about in 1982 in Sihome Village. There Noi Sengsourigna’s father ran the Traditional Music Center. The Sengsourigna Children's Music Center is devoted to teaching dance, music and Lao culture to Lao children in Shihone primary schools and other locations. In addition to dance and music, children are taught painting, drawing, reading, storytelling and other graphic arts.
It's really a terrific project. You can find out more at http://noiscmcc.com/SCMCC.html.
She's a wonderful conversationalist with some exceptional ideas and a generous character. She was immensely helpful to me with a number of ideas I'll soon be integrating into future works of mine. If she is touring near your area, I highly recommend you catch her concert and performances. She'll be leaving the US on June 26th.