Tuesday, October 25, 2016

waiphot phetsuphan: sarawan ramwong

artist: ไวพจน์ เพชรสุพรรณ (waiphot phetsuphan)
album: สาระวันรำวง (sarawan ramwong)
01. สาระวันรำวง (sarawan ramwong)
02. รักพิลึก (rak philuek)
03. หน้าด้านหน้าทน (na dan na thon)
04. แม่คนเก๋ (mae khon ke)
05. แม่สาวคนโก้ (mae sao khon ko)
06. ขวัญใจคนจร (khwanchai khon chon)
featuring ขวัญจิต ศรีประจันต์ (khwanchit siphrachan)
07. พ่อเพลงพบรัก (pho phleng phop rak)
08. แม่ฟังเลี่ยมทอง (mae fang liam thong)
09. นะหน้าทอง (na na thong)
10. อุ้มช้างอาบน้ำ (um chang ap nam)
11. เพลงใหม่ไวพจน์ (phleng mai waiphot)
12. คนเร่หนัง (khon re nang)

this week, some excellent old roots music from the mighty waiphot phetsuphan! a national artist and luk thung boss nonpareil, waiphot has been a staple of the thai country music scene for half a century. born into a musical family from central thailand's suphanburi province, waiphot was trained from a toddler's age in a range of local styles. at 14 he joined a local liké theatre troupe, and at 16 won his first song contest. he was discovered shortly after by singer chaichana bunnachot, who introduced him to samniang muangthong, leader of the ruam daokrachai band. waiphot's powerful voice and spiritual focus have made him one of the most enduring and omnipresent characters of thai popular music. this cassette features several welcome surprises including a guest apparance by mae khwanchit siprachan and some unusual (for the time) molam-style khaen introductions.. enjoy!!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

khana chao sunthon na chiang mai: ekkalak lanna, vol. 3

artist: คณะ เจ้าสุนทร ณ เชียงใหม่ (khana chao sunthon na chiang mai)
album: เอกลักษณ์ลานนา ชุดที่ 3 (ekkalak lanna, vol. 3)
01. น้อยใจยา (เดี่ยว) (noi chai ya (solo))
02. เพลงพม่า (phleng phama)
03. ลาวสวยรวย (lao suai ruai)
04. ลาวลำปางใหญ่ (lao lampang yai)
05. ลาวดำเนินทราย (lao damnoen sai)
06. น้อยใจยา (noi chai ya)

this week's post marks the third in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane. a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

our third tape from cliff features the ensemble of chao sunthon na chiang mai presenting volume 3 of their "lanna identity" series, focusing on solo vocal performances with orchestral backing. born into the chiang mai royal family, chao sunthon left the northern capitol and moved south to central thailand to study classical music. upon his return, he became a central character in the preservation and continued innovation of northern thai local music, composing new melodies, hand-crafting the finest local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts. he passed away in 1986 at the age of 68[1].