Sli Boc

     The sli boc is a male-female alternating song that originated from the Nung ethnic group from the mountainous regions of North Viet Nam.

     Sli boc is sung outdoors when meeting acquaintances on the way to the market. Sli boc songs are improvised on the spot, and they do not obey any conventions. Their content is diverse, although love is always the central subject.

   Like other genres of alternating songs, sli boc is sung in pairs, apart of young men exchange songs with a pair of young women. However, pairs do not sing in unison. They perform a kind of polyphony where one singer maintains the main part while the other sings the complementary part; thus, producing a harmonious combination of voices.

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