Skor daey

The skor daey (ស្គរ​ដៃ "hand drum" or "clay drum") is a short goblet drum from Cambodia, approximately 40 centimeters tall and 15 centimeters wide at the top.[1][2][3] There are two common goblet drums there, the skor chhaiyam (Khmer: ស្គរឆៃយ៉ាំ), a very long goblet drum, resembling some from Burma, and the skor daey.

Two instruments being played by Cambodian musicians. The drum is one of the Cambodian goblet drums (skor daey, skor kar, skor arak or another). The fiddle is a tro (either the Tro sau thom or Tro sau toch).
A salesman with goblet drums in Cambodia.

Alternative spellings in English include skor dai (hand) and skor dei (clay, also alternative in Khmer: ស្គរដី). Other Khmer names included skor arak, skor kar (ស្គរការ), skor ayai (ស្គរអាយ៉ៃ។).[4] The name skor areak or skor arak or skor aaroksa (Khmer:ស្គរអារក្ស) links this variant to the Arak music it is used to play.[2] Skor kar linked it to kar boran music for weddings, where two drums are used, representing male and female.[5] Skor ayai refers to ayai repartee singing, in which a man and woman alternate quick, witty comments or replies back and forth, accompanied by an ensemble.[5][1] The small goblet drums may also be called skor toch, (Khmer: ស្គរតូច), literally small drum, but that may be a description and not a name.

Another small goblet drum used in Cambodia is the thon, a Thai name: โทน. Compared to the Skor daey, it "has a shallower head and a slimmer body."[6]

See also


  1. Miller, Terry E.; Williams, Sean (25 September 2017). The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Southeast Asia. Routledge.
  2. Kersalé Patrick. "Long goblet drum - skor chaiyam". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. Khean, Yun; Dorivan, Keo; Lina, Y; Lenna, Mao. Traditional Musical Instruments of Cambodia (PDF). Kingdom of Cambodia: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. pp. 246–247.
  4. Vanna, Ly (September 2002). "Cambodian Percussion". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  5. Vanna, Ly (September 2002). "Cambodian Percussion". Retrieved 20 June 2019. [tabloid; volume 2, number 9].
  6. "The Flute Player". Retrieved 10 October 2018. Thaun, a goblet drum, is similar to the skor arakk, except it has a shallower head and a slimmer body...used as part of a two-piece drum set in the mohori ensemble... [From a Public Broadcasting Service webpage about the 2003 movie by Jocelyn Glatzer called the Flute Player, about a man who returns to Cambodia to teach the Cambodian flute.]
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