Sunday, January 27, 2013

nang talung ying lamyong kulapsimuang

artist: หนังตลุงหญิง ลำยอง กุหลาบสีม่วง (nang talung ying lamyong kulapsimuang)
album: ต่อต้านเอดส์ (to tan aids)
01. ต่อต้านเอดส์ (to tan aids)
02. อย่าทะเลาะกันนะ (ya thalo kan na)
03. ตามนางแดนใต้ (tam nang daen tai)
04. คำเตือนของพ่อ (kham tuean khong pho)
05. คิดถึงหนังประวิง (khit thueng nang prawing)
06. แม่ค้ามาแล้ว (mae kha ma laeo)
07. จ่าดำผู้กล้าหาญ (cha dam phu kla han)
08. แม่ถ้วนสอนลูก (mae thuan son luk)
09. นายกแก้ปัญหา (nayok kae panha)
10. แม่สอนลูก (mae son luk)
11. มีแต่ปัญหา (mi tae panha)
12. ลำยองเข้ากรุง (lamyong khao krung)
13. ส.ป.ก. 4-01 (s.p.k. 4-01)
14. สาวลำยอง (sao lamyong)

this week, some great southern sounds from ms. lamyong kulapsimuang!  nang talung is the name southern thailand's shadow-puppet theatre, and lamyong is (i think..) somewhat rare in being a female troupe leader.  nang talung leaders front the band from behind the screen, giving voice to a range of characters, both male and female, alternating between song and spoken dialogue.  they are typically called upon to be singer, comedian, puppeteer & bandleader all at once.  the dialogues aim to be not only humorous but edifying, combining high-context jokes, topical commentary and moral teaching (the lead song here concerns the hiv/aids epidemic).  nang talung is probably the most prominent cultural signifier for southern thais.. you can spot the iconic puppets on vehicles, restaurant awnings, t-shirts, etc.  an amazing tradition, still vibrant and popular today.. enjoy!

(an interesting aside: the people at the southeast asian music archive picked out ms. lamyong on a new york rapper's recent mixtape!)


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