album: นาเสปประยุกต์ (nasib prayuk)
01. นาเสปประยุกต์ ตอน 1 (nasib prayuk, pt. 1)
02. นาเสปประยุกต์ ตอน 2 (nasib prayuk, pt. 2)
this week, another installment of fantastic thai-muslim music! this cassette features a prayuk or "applied" version of the malay nasib. for a description of that genre, let me defer to jon ward, of the inimitable excavated shellac: "nasib, or "song of fate" ... is an aching, slow lament; a deeply melancholic popular song type which is built around the singer’s misfortune in life ... the origins of the nasib derive ... from indonesian/malaysian stambul theater music ... where theatrical groups would perform musical dramas, many with stories which had origins in india or the middle east ... nasib is sung by a singer who is in fact playing – or at the very least channeling – a character or situation from these classical stories, rather than singing [t]he[i]r own blues." here the characters of nasib take one step further in their journey! in it's prayuk form, thai nasib seems to stress group participation, with a solo singer & chorus trading call & response, as well as greater variations in tempo.. whether these are local innovations or a return towards the genre's theatrical routes, i couldn't tell you. i also wish i could say more about our performers, khana arab bombay, but i can't find anything. any further information would be greatly appreciated... until then, enjoy!