Hill Tribe Mobile Singers

The Lisu Hill Tribe, in the north of Thailand, embrace mobile phone technology to express their tradition of storytelling through songs.

Never Seen Before

For hundreds of years, they have passed on their culture by singing songs. If you want to listen to their history, it will take a whole evening of ritual vocal celebration.

Social network: Sometimes they sing with few mobiles at more than one location

Around 2002, as the cellular signal was reaching deeper and deeper into the valleys of northern Thailand’s mountains. The amazing people of the Lisu hill tribe embraced this technology in a way that not even Nokia’s smart engineers anticipated: Some of the Lisu tribe people purchased unlimited calling plans and started to sing and improvise to each other over mobile connections.

The Music here is Folk Lisu Hill Tribe Music, played and improvise with Khim (Thai Instrument) and Ukulele (Hawaiian Instrument)

Anybody who lives with the Lisu sees on special occasion, groups of people gather together with multiple cellular phones in speaker mode. Our free online documentary film unveils this never-seen-before tribal ritual.

In this clip there are four languages: Hebrew, Thai, Lisu and English. Subtitles in English are attached to all clips here.

In this short documentary , and the upcoming 1-hour expanded version, you can hear the beautiful Lisu hill tribe melodies and discover the surprising truth about how this tribe’s innovation of “cellular singing” has both helped and hurt their traditional culture.