Sunday, June 26, 2022

sai mu: kwaam kyo

artist: ၸၢႆးမူး (sai mu)
album: ၵႂၢမ်းၵျေႃႇ (kwaam kyo)
01. ၸႂ်ထိုင်မိူင်းပၼ်ႇ (tsaue tueng moeng pan)
02. ၵေႃႉႁၵ်ႉပွတ်းႁွင်ႇ (kho hak pot hong)
03. ၶမ်းၸႅတ်ႈၸႅတ်ႈသႅင်ၵိုင်ႇမိူင်း (kam tsaet tsaet saeng kueng moeng)
04. သႃႈၶူမ်ၼမ်ႉလၼ်ႈ (saa kom nam lan)
05. မဝ်းယႃႈပူႉမိူင်းတူၼ် (maw yaa pu moeng ton)
06. လုၵ်ႈၼၢင်းယေႈသႅင်ၵေႃႇ (luk naang ye saeng ko)
07. မူဝ်ၶိူဝ်းၶုၼ်သီႇပေႃႉ (mo koe kun hsipaw)
08. ၸိမ် (tsim)
09. ၸဝ်ႈၼႃး (tsaw naa)
10. ၵႂၢမ်းၵျေႃႇ (kwaam kyo)
11. ၵႃႇထႃႇလိုပ်ႈၽီၽၢၼ် (kaatha luep pi paan)
12. ၼၵႃးတိုၵ်ႇလိုၼ် (nakaa tuek luen)
13. ပႅင်း (paeng)
14. ယႃႇၶျေႃႉ (yaa kyo)
15. ၵွပ်ႈၵဝ်ယိုဝ်ႈယိုတ်း (kop kaw yue yeut)
this week, shan rock classics from the myanmar-thai border! sai mu, from moeng pan in shan state, joined the shan united revolutionary army at age 19 and later became a teacher in resistance-affiliated schools. he founded his band in 1985 but just a decade later passed away at the age of 35. his group, freedom's way, carried on without him for many years, mostly based out of chaing mai, thailand. sai mu's songs run the gamut from revolutionary calls to action, to ballads of romantic longing, and even scatological humor. despite his brief career, his work remains inspiring to many independence-minded shan people to this day. for more info on sai mu and his legacy, be sure to check out jane m. ferguson's excellent new book repossessing shanland: myanmar, thailand, and a nation-state deferred.
[note: unfortunately, this tape reached me in an irreparably damaged state, so in its place i'm sharing a rip that has already been circulating online. all credit to the original uploader, naw liang]

Sunday, June 12, 2022

khwanchit siprachan: prap pho mai

artist: ขวัญจิต ศรีประจันต์ (khwanchit siprachan)
album: ปราบพ่อหม้าย (prap pho mai)
01. ปราบพ่อหม้าย ตอน 1 (prap pho mai, pt. 1)
02. ปราบพ่อหม้าย ตอน 2 (prap pho mai, pt. 2)
this week, a great old recording of national artist khwanchit siprachan and her troupe preforming some fantastic phleng isaeo! isaeo, characterized by its swift rhythm and intense wordplay, is a local specialty of central thailand's suphan buri province. the contestants take lighthearted jabs at each other and vie for the most cunning lyrical improvisations over an insistent backbeat. khwanchit is joined here by her sister khwanchai and their colleagues suchin siprachan and bunchok chanachot. these 4 have trained together since their teens, and their repartee is outstanding.. enjoy!