Hmong Festivals are one of the main events for the Hmong community. Many families travel far and wide to be part of the cultural phenomenon. As you can guess, July 4th is just around the corner and one of the largest Hmong Festival will come alive hosted by the Lao Family of Minnesota, Inc in St. Paul, Minnesota. This festival will be the 33rd Annual Hmong Festival holding sports, singing competition, fashion, dance, vendors and live performances by Hmong artists around the country.
Hmong musicians have come a long way since their migration from Laos and Thailand after the Vietnam War. Music has always been a constant to the Hmong, which they describe as “paj huam” or “kwv txhiaj” meaning a “hymen” or “poetry”. Throughout the years, new generations of emerging Hmong artists are paving ways to establish themselves among their peers. Today, many new talented Hmong artists are reaching various audiences worldwide through the Internet, especially through YouTube.
There are several Hmong artists that could be named, but one name has been a constant for the past couple of months, The Kong & Shu Project (TKSP).
Who are they? The Kong & Shu Project consists of two brothers who formed their duo group in the summer of 2007 with their debut album, “Pib Qhov Twg” (Where to Begin). Since their first release they have traveled through various states to perform live for their fans. By their second album, their names were established among some of the top Hmong performers such as: Logo & Duce Khan, Sudden Rush, Delicious Venom, Proto-J, and others.
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