but you can't fool all the people all the time”
In Esan music, the only DJ's are the people who run a radio shows, nobody into molam would ever go to watch a guy putting records on a turntable, they would find it miserable and ridiculous! When Esan people want to party, they expect a nice place with some great LIVE Esan music!
with the Esan anthem "people from the same village"
|"molam" sign on a concert stage|
Obviously maft sai have a very blur idea of molam...
I NEVER heard or read his name or his crap businesses mentioned by anyone in the molam scene. It's not such a surprise as what this guy talk about have very very little to do with molam.
|Molam fans in Bangkok. Thousands as usual.|
that produced a huge amount of all kinds of live recordings
and some studio albums.
|On stage or in the audience, molam kids are really passionate!|
In another interview published by "kaosod English" maft sai confessed: "Back then second hand vinyl was really cheap. So I bought as much of it"... To sell those as "super rare music" to tourists (who can't read Thai) sometimes over 150$ for an Lp he got for 10$, the kind you can buy on Cd for 3$ in Bangkok or 6$ online. I don't call it "promoting old Thai music"...
*I particularly like maft sai's naive teenager expressions such as "the more commercial luk thung and mor lam artists" (kaosod English interview) to describe the 99% of the Esan music he have no clue about (which can be seen for free in concert and available at very decent price or just free online).
I also like his usual "more experimental molam" that describe the silly cover band where he plays... MINI CYMBALS like a 5 years old kid!
** As the paradise Bangkok international molam band have no kind of links with molam and as instrumental molam doesn't exist, I suggest to call this distinctive "music" genre TOURISTA, the french word for "Traveler's diarrhea". As it basically smells like it, looks like it and sounds like it. As it's the kind of troubles tourists easily get in Thailand it's a perfect description and a good way to avoid confusion between molam and some crap for tourists!
|Young Esan musicians from pong lang ensembles playing phin, khaen, pong lang...|
As mentioned in the previous post the short form of lam phloen played during the 70's was relatively standardised (compared to the many lam later performed) but it sure can sound pretty incredible for someone having reggae and house music as only cultural references (I still never heard of experimental molam). During the 70's the 2 dominant kinds of molam troupes were performing "storytelling lam": "lam phloen ruang" and "lam ruang to klon" all the singers re-edited by maft sai or scamming colleges performed such storytelling lam as main activity (it's of course never mentioned by any scammers while it's the dominant historical forms).
People were generally negative about it and asked me why I was into taxi driver music
What kind of people are you talking about maft sai (your family? your friends? Not random people in the street I guess... It's nice to be surrounded by fellow racist people).
Bangkok have about 1/3 of Esan people in it's population, obviously maft sai did not meet any of them at that time!
If maft sai never had a positive word about Esan people I could notice, he use the same style to look down on Esan people as some racists politicians would to talk about migrants. There is nothing innocent in this sentence about "taxi driver music". Maft sai use a 3rd person to show a point of view "people" here is a figure of style that is used in many of his interviews it's similar to some populists and neo-nazi propaganda found for example in France during the 90's. Repeated often, it becomes a "fact" while maft sai keeps a distance "people say". Marine Le Pen (french national front) often used "the honest french citizens" of "the people who give us their trust". In a famous racist incident J.Chirac who was the french president at the time use "the french worker" complains "the noise and the smell" from African migrants, (it even became a famous anti racist song).
Such technique of propaganda works smoothly and many press articles and web pages end up describing molam as "music for taxi drivers", "music for poor people"or even “music for prostitutes”. Such propaganda also put maft sai in a superior position of "the man able to find some good thing in uncivilised culture and able to give a civilised experimental version of it". At no moment maft sai gave a counter point or mentioned anything nice about the people listening to molam or performing it (while he makes all his money on the retarded crap he pretends to be molam).
We should do a party that showcased all this great music. wasn't a business plan...
Ha ha ha, not a business plan, seriously?
First party was in 2009. It had very title promotion. About 200 people turned up...
I started wanting to see these artists play live, so I went to Isan to knock on some doors and ask them to come to the capital to play. Some of the artists were difficult
to get hold of. Many had retired or gone back to the rice fields, Some thought I was joking: "You're going to pay me to come down to Bangkok?”.
How did molam veterans take to performing in Bangkok? After I booked one of the artists, Angkanang Kunchai, a huge star from the 1970s, and showed her at the venue...
and Yenjit Porntawi. All performing free concerts in Bangkok!
What I know is that this disrespectful clash signed the end of the "lucrative veteran mini concerts tourist trap" which as been replaced by "The Paradise International molam Band"... Less troubles, more cash and maft sai and his cymbals IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STAGE!
(I have more little kids at play videos if requested...)
Maft sai only promote what brings him DIRECT PROFIT. When I saw 15mn of one of his lame concerts and his ridiculous "Dj set" he did not even promote the free event (where he got payed to "perform"), instead he promoted some crap Dj at his bar at the same moment. I did not notice maft sai ever promoting any "old thai music" concerts I attended in any way. Of course I never saw him at any of those concerts of singers he pretends to "likes a lot"...
"ching chab ching chab ching ching"
If I mentioned the total lack or respect maft sai have for Esan people, this example is particularly dehumanised as the 2 musicians from Esan (who bring a large part of his income) are simply described here like slaves used to be described in cotton fields in USA! State, age, ethnicity and function... Giving them a name seems totally unnecessary while his idiot English friend playing "poum poum" is named! (I of course have never seen that "chris menist" guy at any molam concert ever).
when we first started, it was very hard and there were arguments. They had the same kind of troubles in cotton fields I guess...
SON OF A B... this part is extremely RUDE! maft sai seems totally uninhibited and free to express himself at the end of this interview.
We want to do 21st century molam so, how should it looks like? Not sure maft sai even knows?
21st century molam
more reinterpretation projects and remixes More covers of kids practicing, right? From which school? Maybe I know them?
REALLY? Why not doing it then? Weird idea from someone who obviously have no respect for Esan people and no clue about molam.
In the "kaosod English" interview maft sai clearly confessed:
How can you dream of things you have no clue about?
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molam musicians and they're poor. INDEED! YOU CAN SCAM TOURISTS, YOU CAN LIE FOR MONEY BUT IT DOESN'T GIVE YOU ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR PEOPLE!
They get a gig and they have to do what is asked of them to get paid. BACK TO THE COTTON FIELDS AGAIN BOSS?
I guess those vinyls are not "sold out" as this "sold out" 9$ pirate CDr Of "early molam" is still on the "zudrangma" website...
I posted real early commercial molam recordings HERE and obviously maft sai have no clue at all about how such "early recordings"sounds like as it have nothing to do with this CDr (9$ is 2/3 of a worker's daily salary in Thailand).
|A tourist complaining being scammed by maft sai|
|30 or 40 meters away from "studio lame" (2017)|
|the full interview |
"a geek in Thailand"
toomturn molam group
Last but not least the second "instrumental molam band" of maft sai. That product has been fully created by maft sai, he is credited here as EXCLUSIVE PRODUCER... A producer who apparently never found the time to produce any records for his prodigious musicians!
Those are just here have cheap musicians employed at his bar. and of course have no kind of link with molam. It's interesting to see that the promotion of that product pushes the limits of absurdity to another step...
Well, well, well pretending to be an experimental super hero of molam to foreign people who have no clue on the subject seems easy but pretending that this music is acoustic is very stupid or the guy don't know the meaning of "acoustic".
Once again we got the "instrumental molam joke" but this time it's "early molam". you can search on youtube and see if that joke have anything to do with early molam recordings
A space that allow them to develop their musical future... That maft sai is such a generous guy! Sadly the development seems very very slow as nothing came out yet except over priced mini concerts for tourists at his shitty place. NO TRACE OF ANY ALBUM RELEASE...
I really wonder how could some professional journalists from well known medias such as Agence France Presse (France) Arte Television (France/ Germany), The BBC (England) can get fooled by any clowns without any difficulties and how they can spend the money they often get from citizen's taxes to sponsor their holidays in Thailand. Where did those journalists spent their nights... not at concerts for sure! They did not even check the local tv channels at their hotels, they would have see lots of molam there! They obviously did not even take 1mn to do some basic researches on the subject like copy/paste the word "หมอลำ" (molam in Thai) that you can find on wikipedia into simple search engines like google images or youtube... Within 1 minute, you get thousands of videos and photos not relating at all to maft sai... But all about molam! Such medias covers culture and also wars, politics, human rights... SERIOUSLY???
You are free to google those names to see their interviews of maft sai and they are free to give their point of view here if they have any kind of answers to give about how they could believe, pay and promote such fraud!
Note: A ticket for "contemporary molam" concert in Bangkok cost +/- 4.33$ (140฿) for a 5h concert performed by a band of 200 to 300 members. Comparing it to the "The Paradise Bangkok international molam band" would make such concert ticket price around 0.014$. If you payed more... YOU GOT SCAMMED!
For example, on the advertising for the "toomturn" product, the price is 200฿ (6$) so I guess for this price they should have played around 14285h to have a price you could compare to a molam concert!
-The documents I quote are not information and can't be seen as "work", those are fraudulent propaganda I compare to facts. Such propaganda not only discredit Esan culture but it also fools YOU. The people paying those frauds are either victims or "partners in crime", Their reaction (or absence of reaction) following my publications will show their positions.
All the people mentioned in this serie of documents are welcome to express their point of view here (I can add more document showing they are clueless liars upon request).