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The khene is a mouth organ of Lao origin whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo into which air is blown, creating a sound similar to that of the violin. Today associated with the Lao similar instruments date back to the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. According to Lao legend, the khene was created by a woman who was trying to reproduce the sound of the garawek bird which she heard while on a walk one day. The journey was long and difficult, so she decided to invent an instrument that would bring the sound to her.
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The khene is a mouth organ of Lao origin whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo into which air is blown, creating a sound similar to that of the violin. Today associated with the Lao similar instruments date back to the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia.  According to Lao legend, the khene was created by a woman who was trying to reproduce the sound of the garawek bird which she heard while on a walk one day. The journey was long and difficult, so she decided to invent an instrument that would bring the sound to her.