Welcome to ซาวด์เบ้าท์อีสาน (saobao Esan). "Saobao" is a Thai anglicism "sound about" it's also the nickname given to portable tape cassette players in Thailand. This blog is aimed to share and document the amazing Esan culture through it's rich musical heritage. Molam (หมอลำ) and luk thung (ลูกทุ่ง) of course and also all kinds of music from northeastern Thailand in traditional or modern forms, usually from my personal collection of tape cassettes. บักสีดาฟังลำ!
Friday, 24 June 2016
24 PHIMPHA PHONSIRI (ESAN DANCE 21 PLENG DANG)
Phimpha Phonsiri พิมพา พรศิริ
Some of you probably have enough of the homage to the legendary Honey Sri Esan but well, I could not end up this series without some songs from one of my favorite 80's Esan super star: PHIMPHA PHONSIRI! I have a huge collection of Phimpha records of all kinds (more than 50 and I guess she released at least 70 since her young debut the mid 80's) and this homage is a good opportunity to share some of her songs.
Phimpha Phonsiri grew up in the province Chayaphum before moving to Khon Kaen to studdy. It's during her studdies that Phimpha decided to meet Soraphet Phinyo who will compose for her a large bunch of album, some of those being pretty successful records of early "luk thung molam". Phimpha will then work with some other talented composers such as Dao Bandon and Num Phutai (mosltly molam prayuk and luk thung). during the 90's and 2000's, Phimpha performed all kind of thai music genres such as ram wong, lae... Phimpha never got back the success she had in her early years but still keeps a loyal fan base. She released a new record last year on the major Rsiam and still performs live from time to time.
The music we'll ear today comes from ESAN DANCE 21 PLENG DANG, it seems like this recording only been released as Karaoke version (as part of a VCD serie). Off course it features some Honey Sri Esan song, as well as some of her own songs and other covers including a song by Angkhanang Khunchai and some popular Esan songs. Luk thung, molam, ram wong... All performed in a fast and furious "non stop" style. On the video, Phimpha is backed by herslef as "dancers team" (as you can see on the photos).
This is the last part of the Honey Sri Esan homage (many other singers covered her songs and we'll sure ear some more soonn). Next week, we'll continue with something very different but for now, let's dance!