Thursday, 18 August 2016


After the post about Thongmai Malee I recived 2 emails  (1 asking if I could post more lam phaen and one asking if I had more tapes produced by Doi Inthanon). Well, the answer is yes and yes! I planned to stick to monthly series like I used to do with my previous blog so let's follow the lam phaen post from last time till the end of this month (by the way, requests are always welcome).
Doi Inthanon with her majesty Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Noknoi Uraiphon and Chalatnoi Songsoem
Last week, we heard some lam phaen, an early 80's genre of modern molam created by mister Doi Inthanon, it features fast lam vocals, and some occidental instruments mixed with traditional Esan style sound and modern lyrics (using sometimes a few words in english and trendy references such as motorcycles). Perfect for dancing and for a younger audience.
Doi Inthanon ดอย อินทนนท์ and Khwanta Fasawang ขวัญตา ฟ้าสว่าง
Born on the 1st of may 1947 in the province of Surin, Doi Inthanon (who takes his name from a place in northern Thailand) started to write songs at the age of 20,  learning with the Bangkokian songwriter Payom Moogda, a specialist of both luk thung and luk krung who wrote some songs for the legendary Suraphon Sombatcharoen "the king of luk thung". Over the years mister Inthanon composed more than 3000 songs (both luk thung and molam) for many Esan singers (Noknoi Uraiphon, Hongthong Dao'Udon, Suphap Daoduangden, Chalatnoi Songsoem...) as well as some Thai superstars (Phongsi Woranut, Waipod PhetsuphanPhumphuang Duangchan...). He even wrote for Jonas and Christy the most famous "foreign" luk thung singers. Doi Inthanon have been awarded for his work many times. 
Today, we are in Sisaket, the birth place of  Khwanta Fasawang, one of the early practionner of lam phaen. If surprisingly she did not get as much success as most of the singers working with mister Inthanon, Khwanta Fasawang released at least a handfull of really good tapes including one on duo with Chalatnoi Songsoem. The tape we ear today: BAK SONG SAW SEOW is in the same mood as the previous lam pheun tape we heard. Fast delivery and a great mix of Esan and foreign instruments (though this time it's more Esan oriented). The intro voice/khaen is not systematic here and often replaced with some interesting cold synth and sound effects. The voice is great and miss Fasawang is for sure one of the most talented performer of lam pheun with Tongmai Malee, Phonsak Songsaeng and  Salak Silathong (we'll ear about them later for sure)... See you next week for another fantastic tape written by Doi Inthanon.

KHWANTA FASAWANG ขวัญตา ฟ้าสว่าง
BAK SONG SAW SEOW บักสองซาวพาแส่ว
01 บักสองซาวพาแส่ว
02 มอเตอร์ไซค์ทำแสบ
03 เป็นตาเอ๊าะเอ๊าะ
04 สนพงษ์เบอร์ 4 จารุณีเบอร์ 5
05 เจ้าแม่ 8 โอ่ง
06 สาวใต้ต่อนสะออนหนุ่ม 2 ซาว
07 น้ำตาน้องติ๋ม
08 สาวมะลอรอแฟน
09 บุญมีแต่กรรมบัง
10 ฮักผัวขี้เมา
11 น้ำลวกไก่
12 หน่ายคนไม่มีองศา

Thursday, 11 August 2016


Today in Thailand, it's mothers day
and the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
To celebrate, I compiled some traditional ESAN LULLABIES performed by Esan mothers. some home made and professional recordings in villages as well as an old vinyl Ep and a song from a CD by miss Chawiwan Damnoen.
Mostly solo a capella recordings but also 1 mothers ensemble and some phin and khaen on the first track. Different versions of the same lullaby: นอนสาหล่า "none sahla" (please sleep). It's a funny lullaby where the mother promises bad things if the baby don't sleep "if you don't sleep I won't give you bananas.... the cat will scratch your eyes and bite your balls..."
It's full of love and sincerity... We sure need some today.

01 mother with phin and khaen
02 mother solo
03 mother solo
04 mother solo
05 group of mothers
06 Chawiwan Damnoen
07 mother solo
08 mother solo
Chawiwan Damnoen

I would like to dedicate this post to the vitims of the bombings that happened last night and this morning in Thailand.


TONGMAI MALEE / ทองมัย มาลี
Back to normal after a fun week, I hope you enjoyed discovering some pretty different tapes... 
Today, we are in the province of  Nakhon Phanom, once again on the banks of the Mekong, to enjoy some lam phaen with one of the experts of the genre, mister THONGMAI MALEE. I'm quite sure he choosed his name as a reference to one of the masters, mister Thongmee Malai as it was pretty common at this time for young singers to choose a name that already sounded familiar...
I did not know anything About Thongmai Malee when I found this tape 3 years ago but I knew from experience that when it comes to Esan music (well Thai in general) the SKH logo from the nothorious label Saha Kuang Heng Record is a sign of great music coming to your ears, those people don't mess around about quality and there is a very little chance to get disapointed by the tapes they put out back in the days. On top of that, Thongmai Malee had his early records written and produced by the talented Doi Inthanon who wrote quite a few successful songs for many singers you previously heard here: Hongthong Dao'Udon, Onuma Singsiri, Angkhanang Kunchai  and Yenjit Porntawi.
Tongmai Malee recorded several album in the 80's, including a duo record with Bayen Rakkaen that I would love to find. It seems like he was still putting up some new records out not so long ago.
SIANG KHAEN EOW SAO starts in a pretty traditional way with khaen and saw on the first track, it then goes in a great mid 80's heavy molam style, mixing synth, sax, drums and traditional instruments. Some awesome lam phaen with a touch of luk thung, a touch of lam doen and even some lyrics in english (track 5 is titled "I love you"). A long intro featuring voice and khaen for each songs followed by the fast lam of Thongmai Malee... Enjoy!
THONGMAI MALEE ทองมัย มาลี
SIANG KHAEN EOW SAO เสียงแคนแอ่วสาว
01 เสียงแคนแอ่วสาว
02 ฮักสาวรำวง
03 จีบสาวฟังลำ
04 มาลัยน้ำใจ
05 ไอ เลิฟ ยู
06 สั่งแฟน
07 ตามน้องทั่วฝั่งโขง
08 สัญญาต่อหน้าพระธาตุ
09 เสน่ห์แม่ม่าย
10 เจ้าพ่อคอผสม
11 คุยเขื่อง
12 ไอ้หนุ่มมอเตอร์ไซค์
13 bonus track

Friday, 5 August 2016


If fun takes an important place in molam culture, naughtiness is usually the spicy ingredient added to the comedy parts during concerts... And by the way, this is the last post of this fun week. Next post, back to serious (well not too serious).
 Some phalic objects used as fertility symbols during festivities
Found on the floor at a molam concert...

Thursday, 4 August 2016


Let's continue our fun week with some Esan "rock". It seems like this style was all the rage in the second part of the 90's, especially on the Cambodian border, as most of those rock bands were flavouring their songs with some kantruem influences and the use of Khmer/Esan intruments such as saw kantruem (though it's not always the case). 
ROCK SADAOW ร๊อคสะแด่ว
Esan rock can be seen as a modern form of local styles with pop/rock western influences and instruments. Even if the term "rock" is used as a logo on most of the records of the genre it's still purely 90's Esan music and could hardly being compared with the occidental standards of the genre.

The tape we'll ear today is pretty far from my daily routine TOOB TALAD by the girls band ROCK SADAOW but it's one of my favourite Esan rock album for sure. 6 young women singing a fast modern mix of luk thung and molam in an happy rock mood.
The voices are really great and the musicians play an interesting speed version of their 80' and 90's influences. As the cover promises: it's some fun and well produced Esan "rock" (as the cover tells 7 times!), perfect for your summer holidays party. This tape is the first part of a set of 2 produced in the late 90's. I'll post the second one later if some of you are interested... But for now, Let's dance!
ROCK SADAOW ร๊อคสะแด่ว
TOOB TALAD ทุบตลาด
01 โดะดงโดย
02 ปั้นข้าวจี่
03 คอยพี่ที่อุดร
04 ผิดหวังเพราะดั้งหัก
05 บ่าวล่ำใหญ่
06 ซาวด์ดนตรี ปั้นข้าวจี่
07 เงินหายตัวได้
08 ซิ่งสะแด่ว
09 มันมากับความมึน
10 เมียผู้จัดการ (ห้องน้ำ)
11 อนาคตคือคันไถ
12 ซาวด์ดนตรี คอยพี่ที่อุดร
rock logo