Moob Nkauj Luaq Ncaa
Jiang Moob Nkauj Luaq Ncaa cassette (self released, 200?)
Here is some music that has a story but what that story is we'll have to wonder for now. My friend the Flower Vato Larry Rodriguez dug this tape up at a local flea market. At a table was an old Hmong man selling tapes of his music. Curious, Larry bought a couple, took them home and was blown away. Out of his speakers poured some strange Asian blues, music worthy of a Sublime Frequencies release. I don't know anything about the artist, other than Larry tracked him down and got a few more tapes, and that he doesn't speak much English. I think it is a good guess that the artist came to the US with the wave of refugees from the US War on Southeast Asia. That he settled in Sacramento isn't chance as there is a very large Hmong population here. From the address on the tape, I also know that he lives in one of Sacramento's worst neighborhoods. Does being a refugee living in a violent suburb inform the music's emotion? Don't know, but I do know that this is probably the first time you've heard this one.
I don't know what the hell's going on with those other tracks, tho.
I'd like to know what the title means, and what the man's name is. I know "Hmoob" is the Hmong word for "Hmong" (b at the end of the syllable indicates the tone of the syllable, not a b sound). But what about "Moob"?