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‘Singing Bird’ flies into audience hearts

Published August 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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‘Singing Bird’ flies into audience hearts

Aug 10. 2019
By Kittipong Thavevong
Special to The Nation

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Thongchai “Bird” McIntyre, one of Thailand’s most-loved pop superstars, came back onstage this year for his new concert series titled “Singing Bird”, venturing away from his familiar brand that had been used for over three decades.

The first in the series — Concert by Request — was held for three rounds last weekend from August 2-4 at the Royal Paragon Hall, which was packed to its 5,000-seat capacity. The organisers, GMM Live, said the total audience for all the three rounds was “almost 20,000”.

Thongchai

Thongchai

The selection of songs for this year’s concert was based on popular votes from Bird’s fans through social media channels. It was possibly an experimental shift away from his “Babb Bird Bird” (Bird-Styled) concerts, which were held 11 times from 1986 until last year (2018).

Bird’s past concerts often featured a lot of guests who were famous singers, actors/actresses and celebrities, and even national volleyball players at last year’s concert. Two rounds of the first concert 33 years ago attracted only 6,400 audience members, but the number jumped dramatically when the venue was moved from the 2,000-seat Thailand Cultural Centre to the 10,000-seat Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani in 2008. That year saw a big jump in the total audience number to a record 120,000 from 12 rounds of the concert. The audience numbers were 100,000 from 10 rounds in 2012 and 70,000 from seven rounds last year — both concerts also at Impact Arena.

Bird and Apiwat

Bird and Apiwat

Bird, who released his debut album in 1986, began his concert last Friday (August 2) night with a medley of seven ballads to warm up the audience. Then he performed “Khob Jai Jing Jing” (Thank You So Much), which he said was in the top five of fan votes. Music backup at the three-hour concert was provided by some 30 musicians forming a band and an orchestra, along with three chorus singers.

Bird, 60, was playful as usual, teasing and joking with his fans who comprised people from a wide range of age groups. The audience members sang along with their familiar songs and danced along to fun tunes. After a few more songs, the superstar was joined onstage by singer/songwriter Apiwat “Stamp” Eurthavornsuk, who played the guitar and sang with Bird the song “Namta” (Tears), which Stamp had composed for Thongchai’s “Simply Bird” album released in 2007.

Stamp, who said he was a long-timed fan of Bird’s, also sang his own hit, “Kwamkid” (Thought), and was rejoined by Bird after the latter took a short break. Next, Bird was joined by guest singers Sunita “Beau” Leetikul, Jaruwat “Dome” Cheawaram and Warisara “Miew” Apirakdecharchai. Together they sang Bird’s songs “Tong Thot Dao” (Blame It on the Stars) and “Por Ja Mee Sit Mai” (Am I Qualified?).

The next phase seemed to be a highlight of the concert. Pianist/singer Saksit “Tor” Vejsupaporn joined Bird for the “Talk & Show” session, during which Tor played the piano while Bird sang. All eight of Bird’s hit numbers performed during this period were requested by Tor. These included “Kon Mai Mee Fan” (Man with No Girlfriend), “Than Fai Kao” (Old Flame) and “Lao Su Kan Fang” (Tell Me How You Are). Another memorable part of the night was when Bird performed “Mue Noi” (Little Hands), a hit song by late singer and music-company executive Rewat “Ter” Buddhinan, who Bird called “father” for “giving him life” in the music industry.

Bird sang along with Rewat’s video displayed on the main screen. Bird also sang “Baan Lang Noi” (Little Home), written by his Scottish father James McIntyre for his wife and Bird’s mother Udom. Bird said his father died before his family with 10 children could afford to buy a home. In the final stage of the concert, Bird was rejoined by Beau, Dome and Miew for another of his hits “Maan Koi Dulae Lae Raksa Duangjai” (Always Take Care of Your Heart). Then, all the guests performed the finale, “Duai Rak Lae Phukphan” (With Love and Care), to send the audience off for the night.

It was a fun evening for many fans, who are already counting down to Bird’s next concert.

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Concert Review: Grand Ex’ bids a final farewell

Published August 8, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Concert Review: Grand Ex’ bids a final farewell

Aug 08. 2019
The concert of one of the greatest bands of the '80s, Grand Ex', in  “Grand Ex' Boriboon” featured some 30 songs, most of them hits from the band’s heyday.

The concert of one of the greatest bands of the ’80s, Grand Ex’, in “Grand Ex’ Boriboon” featured some 30 songs, most of them hits from the band’s heyday.
By Kittipong Thavevong
Special to The Nation

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The applause was loud and the tears flowed freely last Saturday night as one of the greatest bands of the ’80s, Grand Ex’, gathered on stage for the very last time.

Organised by Neekrung Connects, “Grand Ex’ Boriboon” – which roughly translated as “Grand Ex’ Complete” – featured some 30 songs, most of them hits from the band’s heyday – and brought fans in their thousands to the 10,000-seat Impact Arena to bid a final farewell to their heroes of yesteryear.

The band’s frontman Danupol “Jae” Kaewkarn

The band’s frontman Danupol “Jae” Kaewkarn

Backup music was provided by the 50-strong Royal Thai Air Force Symphony Orchestra and the songs themselves were mainly sung by the band’s frontman Danupol “Jae” Kaewkarn and its co-founder and leader Nakorn Vejsupaporn, who these days is better known as the father of pop singer/pianist Tor Saksit. That’s not to say the other members were left out in the cold. Saxophonist Panat Hirunkasi sang his hit “Nang Nual” (“Seagull”). Bassist Thanongsak Apornsiri, who also played the harmonica during the concert, crooned “Pom Pai Mai Pon” (“I Can’t Escape from You”) and organist Wasan Sirisukpisai sang “Yak Mee Rak” (“I Want to Love You”). And while the quality of their voices was obviously not the same as all those years ago, their impressive performances helped take the fans back in time and had the middle-aged audience members happily singing and dancing along to their favourite songs.

The band's co-founder and leader Nakorn Vejsupaporn.

The band’s co-founder and leader Nakorn Vejsupaporn.

Grand Ex’ was formed in 1969 — 50 years ago — when Nakorn and his mates were still at high school. Their name came from their two favourite bands of that time, Grand Funk Railroad and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Now mostly in the 60s, they joked on stage about their age and health. Indeed, trombonist Chokdee Phakpu had only recently been discharged from hospital but his energetic performance belied his days as an inpatient.

Danupol, 59, warmed up the fans with his hit “Phob Rak” (“Finding Love”) before seguing into “Lom Sawat” (“Winds of Love”) backed by the chorus.

Chamras Saewataporn

Chamras Saewataporn

The frontman thanked the fans for having supported the band then swung into “You Are My Angel” as if to say thank you. He picked up his guitar to perform the ballad “Puen” (“Friend”) on which he was joined by Thanongsak on harmonica. Nakorn mesmerised the audience with the ballad “Rak Nai C Major” (“Love Song in C Major”) while former band member Chamras Saewataporn, who went on to become a well-known songwriter and composer, took to the piano and mesmerised the audience with his classic “Nam Soh Sai” (“Water Eroding Sand”). Three younger band members — Sutee “Kai” Sangsareechon, Aisoon “Oh” Watayanon and Johnny Anfone – came on separately perform their hits of yesteryear before handing back over to Danupol for a set that included “Piang Sop Ta” (“Just Eye Contact”) and “Chuea Chan” (“Believe Me”), which prompted many audience members to dance along.

Nakorn’s son Tor Saksit, performing as a guest at another concert across town, made an appearance in a recorded video, in which he said how he was inspired by Grand Ex’ during his childhood and played the opening notes of “Bua Noi Koi Rak” (“Waiting for Love”) for his dad and the rest of the band to continue.

Bringing the entire band back on stage for the finale, Nakorn choked up with emotion as he tried to read out a message thanking the fans for their support over the past half century. “Time will never part us from you, our fans. May God protect and bless you all,” he concluded before leading Grand Ex into special goodbye song that combined the lyrics of “La Kon Samrap Wan Nee” (“Goodbye for Today”) with the phrase “sayonara, never say goodbye”. Tears were very much in evidence both on stage and in the auditorium as the show closed out after a little over three hours – for many, far too short a time for that final goodbye.

Legend Lido reconnects with art aficionados

Published August 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Legend Lido reconnects with art aficionados

Aug 02. 2019
Lido Connect /Nation photo Tanachai Pramarnpanich

Lido Connect /Nation photo Tanachai Pramarnpanich
By Parinyaporn Pajee
The Nation

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After a sad farewell in May last year, the revamped version of the 50-year-old Lido cinema in the Siam Square area has returned to life as Lido Connect.

The grand opening yesterday attracted a huge crowd, who were entertained by a range of activities. The space at the entrance gate was converted into a space for concerts where music bands and singers enthralled visitors throughout the day. On the ground floor media and guests and visitors hung around, with shops open for service.

The opening show at the former Lido 2 cinema where is now transformed to the space for live house./Nation photo Tanachai Pramarnpanich.

The opening show at the former Lido 2 cinema where is now transformed to the space for live house./Nation photo Tanachai Pramarnpanich.

The second floor, once the home of three Lido cinemas, where cinephiles flocked to, has been remodelled. Lido 1 has been retained as an authentic cinema hall, but with improved features and facilities.

Lido 1 cinema is kept as original cinema showing classic, awarded and independent movies./Nation photo

Lido 1 cinema is kept as original cinema showing classic, awarded and independent movies./Nation photo

This is the place for film buffs who love non-commercial films and for filmmakers who cannot find an avenue to show their work. The Documentary Club will help manage the programme and select interesting films, not limiting themselves to documentaries. The line-up speaks for the new range; they have chosen “Trainspotting” to premiere at the cinema along with South Korean movie “Burning”, Vietnamese film “The Third Wife” and the feel-good “Little Miss Sunshine”.

The new 'yellow suit man' to collect ticket is preserved like the old days at Lido 1./Nation photo

The new ‘yellow suit man’ to collect ticket is preserved like the old days at Lido 1./Nation photo

Lido 2 will be the place for live events; this weekend (August 3-4) offers free concerts by SpicyGig and Seen Seen Space.Lido 3 is being converted into a black-box theatre suitable for performing arts and talk shows as well as parties, concerts and exhibitions. This weekend (August 3-4), there will be a party in Silent Disco to debut the new concept. Admission is free. More activities are coming soon, including Phor Laew Dee The Creator, Have You Heard, Sunday Music by FWD, Star Hunt SB5 and “Nithan Hinghoi” from Blind Theatre.

The opening show at Lido 2.

The opening show at Lido 2. 

LoveIs is managing the space, mainly responsible for the second floor. The operations in the shopping area on the first floor will be managed by the Property Management of Chulalongkorn University (PMCU). On the ground area is a mixture of new shops and old ones who were here before the closure last year, such as the famous Lido DVD shop – one of a few DVD shops in tow, working outfit shops as well as food shops like Doo Dee Noodle shop, located behind the cinema area on the second floor.

“They [the old shops] get priority to stay and I think the rent is a little bit cheaper than in the past,” says Thep-ard, adding that it is a public place for people to show off their abilities to everyone, and people of all generations can find inspiration and meet their favourite artists.

LoveIs will oversee all activities at this place and will be open for anyone to present their projects. Veteran musician Sutee Sangsareechoon is responsible for the creative content.

“We are open for commercial and non-profitable projects, let’s show you the idea; the budget will depend on that,” said Thep-ard.

The studio of the radio station on the ground floor/Nation Photo

The studio of the radio station on the ground floor/Nation Photo

As the old Lido is the place for people from older generations to spend their time, Thep-ard said they are preparing activities for them such as a disco party.The collaboration will last five years and the renovation expenditure is in the range of Bt80 million to Bt90 million so far.

The small space on the second floor is used as the art workshop place for visitors to create their own craft./Nation photo

The small space on the second floor is used as the art workshop place for visitors to create their own craft./Nation photo

“Certainly we don’t want to lose money from managing the space but at the same time making money is not a priority. We are concerned with every aspect, not just profitable ones,” he says.

Lido cinema in Siam Square, which closed its doors last June after 50 years, is getting a new lease of life courtesy LoveIs Entertainment, which is working with PMCU to turn it into a modern hub of arts, culture and lifestyle under the name Lido Connect.

Siam, Lido and Scala theatres in Siam Square were all part of the Apex chain, which leased the land they occupy from Chulalongkorn University. Opened on June 27, 1968, two years after its sister Siam cinema, and premiering with the Western “Guns for San Sebastian” (“Suek Sebastian”), Lido quickly became a popular venue for Bangkokians to watch films, especially as Siam Square grew into a centre for both shopping and fashion.

A fire closed the cinema for a while in 1993 and Apex decided to remodel the 1,000-seat theatre into a three-screen multiplex before reopening it in 1996.

Rumours have circulated in recent years that Scala, the only standalone theatre left in Thailand, would close because Chulalongkorn University does not want to extend the lease. Every time there appears to be some truth to these kinds of rumours, movie fans come out to protest. Chula and Apex agreed to close Lido on May 31 last year and extend the life of Scala.

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Rock stars join Nakhon Si Thammarat charity run

Published July 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Rock stars join Nakhon Si Thammarat charity run

Jul 27. 2019
By The Nation

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Leading Thai rock stars, Artiwara “Toon” Khongmalai and his partner Rachwin “Koi” Wongviriya, joined 10,000 others at the “Khanom Life Saving” run to raise funds for the Khanom Hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Saturday.

The 10-kilometre marathon started early Saturday morning despite the rain. The aim was to raise enough funds to buy medical equipment for the hospital.

As of Saturday afternoon, the event had raised Bt2 million, plus an additional Bt1 million donation from local businessmen Jimmy Shawara.

“This event is part of Khanom Festival 2019, which was organised to promote Nakhon Si Thammarat as a tourist destination. Toon gladly joined our event when we issued an invitation encouraging people to come run with us,” Pajnapa Wongworachat, president of the Khanom Tourism Association, said on Saturday.

Concert review: Dee and Boyd take to stage for an evening to remember

Published July 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Concert review: Dee and Boyd take to stage for an evening to remember

Jul 20. 2019
By Kittipong Thavevong
The Nation

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Last weekend brought a rare opportunity to see two legendary songwriters of very different styles share the same stage – along with 10 celebrated singers who offered fresh interpretations of their smash hits.

Boasting hundreds of songs between them, Nitipong “Dee” Honark and Cheewin “Boyd” Kosiyabong had no shortage of crowd-pleasing pop classics for the “Lyrics of Love: Greatest Hits of Dee and Boyd” concert.

The show on Saturday night began with “Dee’s daughters” and “Boyd’s little brothers” taking turns belting out hits from the opposite camp.

Dee’s five “daughters” were none other than Saowalak “Amp” Leelabut, Christina “Tina” Aguilar, Siriwimol “Mai” Charoenpura, Marion “Marsha” Vadhanapanich and Myria “Nat” Benedetti. Meanwhile Boyd’s “little brothers” turned out to be Nop Ponchamni, Thanachai “Pod” Utchin, Burin Boonvisut, Krissada “Noi” Sukosol Clapp and Chalatit “Ben” Tantiwut.

Mai opened the concert by singing Boyd’s “Krai” (Who), then Noi crooned Dee’s “Atja Pen Kon Nee” (He May Be the One), getting the crowd grooving to the back-and-forth format.

Organised by Atime Showbiz, the four-hour concert featured some 60 love songs delivered in pop, rock, jazz, blues and R&B styles over two nights at the 5,000-seat Royal Paragon Hall.

The music was provided by the 13-member Extra Band with four backup singers, while the dancers came from Move Mania.

The singers were greeted with loud cheers, though the decibels from the predominantly female audience rose noticeably every time a male singer took to stage, peaking when Burin showed up.

Once the 10 singers finished the opening set, the composers themselves showed up on stage, each with a guitar in hand. Dee delivered his own composition, “Khaojai” (Understood), while Boyd sang his “Ja Keb Ther Yoo Nai Jai Samer” (You Will Always Be in My Heart) – each taking turns singing the other’s chorus.

Boyd revealed to the audience that Dee was his mentor, then invited him for a selfie with the audience as background.

Songwriter and music producer Boyd, 51, is co-founder of the Bakery Music label and now runs the production house Love Is. But his fame rests on more than 100 romantic compositions, a body of work that has earned him the moniker “master of love songs”.

Dee, meanwhile, was once a key member of the legendary band Chaliang and has composed more than 300 songs so far. Now 59, he is formerly also a senior executive of music giant GMM Grammy.

Back on stage, the male singers joined up for a touching rendition of Dee’s “Man Koy Dulae Lae Raksa Duangjai” (Take Care of Your Heart), while the women took on Boyd’s “Chuang Thi Dee Thisud” (Best Time). The voices were sweet though interrupted by occasional crackles from a faulty microphone.

The singers also took turns in delivering solo numbers and duets. Ben and Nop decided to get close and personal with fans by stepping down into the aisle, while Noi’s energetic dancing left him breathing so hard he had trouble finishing his song.

“Dancing queen” Christina joined Mai and got fans dancing with their fast-paced hits, while Amp’s delivery of Anchalee Chongkhadikij’s “Rak” was mesmerising enough to earn a long ovation.

The show closed with the composers leading their “little brothers and “daughters” in a rendition of three classics – “Rao Mee Rao (We Have Each Other), “Ruedu Thi Taktang” (Season Changes) and “Rak Ther Samer” (Always Love You).

With that final song still ringing in their ears, fans left cherishing yet another special memory of two greats of Thai pop music.

Bangkok’s Suanplu Chorus shines at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Published July 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bangkok’s Suanplu Chorus shines at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Jul 18. 2019
By The Nation

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Bangkok’s Suanplu Chorus has hit the high notes on the global stage by winning in the open choirs category of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2019 in Wales.

The Suanplu Chorus achieved the feat with an impressive score of 93.7 in a performance on July 6 in front of an audience of some 50,000 music lovers. The competition attracted more than 4,000 competitors.

Supported by the Department of Cultural Promotion, Suanplu Chorus is renowned for its exuberant performances as representatives of Royal Thai embassies. The chorus has been invited to perform at Temperate House, the Kew Botanical Gardens, the lunchtime concerts at the British Library, and at the opening concert for the First Thai Festival in Wales at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay, Wales.

The voice chorus has more than 30 members and is based in Bangkok. It was established in 2000 by Dusdi Banomyong (National Artist) as the executive director.

Suanplu Chorus has been a pioneer in combining the beauty of Thai music with Western choral tradition. The repertoire of the chorus ranges from classical, contemporary classical and traditional Thai songs to original compositions.

The chorus performs regularly at government official functions, charitable events, and in its annual concert. It also performed during the state functions at the recent Asean summit.

Over the years, Suanplu Chorus has been awarded medals from many international competitions, including two gold medals (Folkore and Mix Chamber Choir) from the 8th World Choir Games 2014 in Riga, Latvia, and won in three categories (Folklore, Non-Orthodox Christian Church Music and Mixed Choir) at the 2nd Corfu International Festival and Choir Competition 2018 in Greece.

As well, the Suanplu Chorus has won many bronze and silver medals from many top international chorus festivals in China, Germany, Austria and the United States.

Chiang Mai gets its own idols

Published July 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chiang Mai gets its own idols

Jul 18. 2019
Rina and Aom are appointed as manager and captain for CGM48.

Rina and Aom are appointed as manager and captain for CGM48.
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
THE NATION

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Fans of BNK48 have plenty to celebrate with the launch of CGM48, the second sister group of the most popular girl idol group in the country, and also the promotion of two members Punyawee “Aom” Jungcharoen and Rina Izuta – to captain and shihainin (manager) respectively.

“This is part of our ‘BNK48 Goes Regional’ project that aims to expand the fan base to other regions and follows on from our ‘BNK48 Thank You & The Beginner’ road show in Hat Yai, Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai, which received great feedback,” said Jirath “Tom” Pavaravadhana, chief executive of the BNK48 Office during the recent “CGM48 We Need You Jao” event held at MasterCard Cinema@SF World Cinema, CentralWorld.

“We are always testing the market and our research clearly shows that there’s plenty of interest in BNK48 among the new generation in these cities.”

In addition to the road show, BNK48’s latest single “Jabaja” focuses on the art, culture and tourism in all four regions of the country.

Paweethida “Fifa” Sakunpiphat and Warinrat “Niky” Yolprasong sing “Lao Duang Duean” during the “CGM48 We Need You Jao” event.

“We will present the identity of Chiang Mai and its Lanna culture through CGM48. Chiang Mai has a population of 1.7 million people, making it the fourth biggest city in Thailand and also sees 2 million Thai visitors and 900,000 foreigners including from China going there each year. We think that Chiang Mai is an interesting and new marketing combination strategy for CGM48. The colour representing CGM48 is spring green and is inspired by the mint leaf,” he explains, adding that the head office of CGM48 will be in Chiang Mai and also feature a theatre, digital live studio, training centre, café and a dormitory. “We will make Chiang Mai better known and turn its local culture more into pop culture.”

Jirath Pavaravadhana of the BNK48 Office talks about the ‘BNK48 Goes Regional’ project, which will expand the idol group’s fan base to other parts of the country, especially to Chiang Mai with CGM48.

And it looks as though he is on the right track, as the CGM48 fan page without any idols and content gained 75,000 followers within 24 hours. That figure has now gone up to 99,000.

“CGM48’s format and pattern will be similar to BNK48 but offering new experiences including handshake or hi-touch, a theatre and a digital live studio. It is expected to become a landmark,” says Natapol “Job” Pavaravadhana, chief marketing officer of the BNK48 Office.

Natapol Pavaravadhana surprises Aom and Rina with their new positions – captain and manager.

“CGM48 will of course have a signature song called ‘CGM48’ as well as newly written tracks.”

“The self-titled number will focus on the beauty of the Northern language and culture as well as Chiang Mai’s identity,” adds guitarist Pongchuk “Ae” Pissathaporn who along with khlui player Tanuphop “Man” Nothayanon accompanied BNK48’s members Paweethida “Fifa” Sakunpiphat and Warinrat “Niky” Yolprasong on the Northern song, “Lao Duang Duean” at the event.

The transfer of Aom and Rina to CGM48 is both good and bad news for their “otaku”: the good news for the two BNK48 members is that they gain the positions of captain and a manager but many fans are asking on social media why the only Japanese member, Rina, has been moved so soon after taking centre stage with her song “Reborn.”

Pongchuk Pissathaporn talks about CGM48’s song, which draws on scent of Northern language and culture.

“As everybody knows, Rina was with Japan’s AKB48 for seven years and has been with BNK48 for two years, so she has a total of nine years’ experience to share with CGM48’s new members. Today, she is ready to take on a new challenge. I saw Nong Aom instructing the students of cheerleader club and thought she would make a good leader. Receiving first class honours at the Faculty of Science, Thammasat University is a reflection of her perseverance and diligence. So, we think Nong Aom and Rina will be great for the new idol group,” says Jirath.

Rina and Aom are appointed as manager and captain for CGM48.

“Both can still join BNK48’s events. We are not cutting them off,” Natapol adds.

So what do the girls say?

“I’m both glad and surprised, because it is a very big and important chance for me to take charge as a shihainin for the first time in my idol career,” says Rina.

“I was born in Chiang Mai and see the beauty of the province, culture and the way of people’s life. Being with CGM48 will make Chiang Mai better known. I never thought I would get the chance to be a captain. It is very challenging,” adds Aom.

Over the hills and far away

Published July 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Over the hills and far away

Jul 16. 2019
Yun Lai Viewpoint in Pai

Yun Lai Viewpoint in Pai
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
THE NATION

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“HIP” – a free lifestyle “offline and online” magazine based in Chiang Mai – recently decided to blend the best of both worlds, linking a cycling activity with the third edition of Pai Jazz and Blues Fest, which was recently held at Belle Villa Resort and others venues around Pai in Mae Hong Son, the most mountainous province in Northern Thailand.

“HIP” – a free lifestyle “offline and online” magazine based in Chiang Mai – recently decided to blend the best of both worlds, linking a cycling activity with the third edition of Pai Jazz and Blues Fest, which was recently held at Belle Villa Resort and others venues around Pai in Mae Hong Son, the most mountainous province in Northern Thailand.

 

Cyclists take one of the 762 curves on the road from Chiang Mai to Pai.

The group of cyclists, some of whom had made the journey up from Bangkok, gathered at Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre early in the morning to go over the 114-kilometre route before heading off on an assortment of road bikes, mountain bikes and folding bikes to the first rest stop at Mont Café Restaurant by Mont Raming in Mae Taeng District, a distance of 26 kilometres. This café and restaurant proved a perfect venue for the hardy road warriors who admired its exterior décor of Spider-Man and Captain America figures but were slightly less enchanted with the teddy bears inside.

 

Cyclists pose for a photo at the finishing point, Pai Historical Bridge.

From there, it was a mere 20 kilometres to Pankled Coffee, a rural stop surrounded by pastures and boasting an art studio, a sheep pen house, a garden filled with grape vines and mulberry bushes and an organic farm. Lunch was taken further along the road at the aptly named OK Mart, the halfway point on the way to Pai.

 

Pankled Coffee was the second rest stop.

The going got hard after the third rest stop with a grueling 20km ride all uphill and the cyclists let out a collective sigh of relief on reaching rest stop number four, the Mae Ya Checkpoint in Huai Nam Dang National Park, a well-known beauty spot. Some were too exhausted to pedal further and piled into Tsukemen 55 Cycling Club’s service van while the rest crested downhill towards Pai Historical Bridge and the finish point.

 

Sai Ngam Hot Spring is managed by the Lisu residents of Baan Sai Ngam.

“This cycling event isn’t a competition but about making friends. And we are giving medals to those who complete it. Lots of people get travel sick when they travel on this route by car but it doesn’t affect those on bicycles,” said Somchai “Nong” Khan-asa, the founder of the magazine and organiser of the local cycling event “HIP Pan Pai”, which is held twice a year. “Riding to Pai is tough in parts but it’s enjoyable and challenging,” he added.

 

Somchai has put together the ride from Chiang Mai to Pai for four years and usually ends it with donations of goods to local schools. Participants sign up for a package that includes the cycling service and two nights’ accommodation at Belle Villa in Pai. “I was delighted last year to learn that some cyclists had driven all the way from the Northeast to take part. We also had a Korean woman, a couple of Taiwanese bloggers, as well as celebrities Mint and Waan Waan. Last year, we presented a playground to a foundation in Pai. Two years before that, we partnered with CIMB and presented kitchen equipment and computers to several schools in Pai.”

 

After a meal at Coffee Tea Sapan @Bura Lumpai Resort adjacent to the bridge, we visit Sai Ngam Hot Spring, which is managed by the local Lisu residents. Thais and foreigners pay just Bt20 to luxuriate in the hot water and the money is used for repairs and maintenance. The villagers help each other to support the local school, which is attended by many of their own kids.

 

Japan’s Meguru performed at Pai Jazz and Blues Fest for the first time.

Before heading back to the resort, we pay our respects to the sacred Chiang Saen-style Buddhist image, called “Un Mueang”, at Wat Nam Hu. A popular pilgrimage for local people, the head of the statue is hollow and contains holy water. Behind the temple itself is a pagoda dedicated to HRH Supankalaya, the older sister of King Naresuan the Great.

 

Doggy, a soul and funk band

We end the day with the music festival and catch modern jazz artist Doijao, Bachswing, who plays gypsy jazz and swing, blues band the Ice and Earth Band, Japanese jazz band Meguru, a lively jazz rock set by InDeedweNeed, soul and funk from Doggy, and the Banglumpoo Blues Company who closes out the festival.

We are up bright and early to appreciate the breathtaking scenery from Yun Lai Viewpoint, a part of the nearby Chinese Village then tuck into desserts and drinks at vegan restaurant, Earth Tone before heading back to Chiang Mai to catch our flight.

 

The area of the stage at Belle Villa Resort was packed with jazz and blues fans.

Rapping for the region

Published July 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Rapping for the region

Jul 15. 2019
Artists from South Korea’s Brand New Music and Thailand’s Wayfer Records pose with executives at 821 Sound Studio in South Korea.

Artists from South Korea’s Brand New Music and Thailand’s Wayfer Records pose with executives at 821 Sound Studio in South Korea.
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
THE NATION

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With the music industry as sluggish in Thailand as it is in the rest of the world, several artists are turning to collaborations to make their sounds heard. And those partnerships between musicians of very different genres are serving to spark some new and very interesting ideas.

Music fans can now hear the results on the newly released “BNM x Wayfer” EP on Wayfer Records on which it collaborated with South Korea’s hip-hop label Brand New Music founded by rapper Rhymer. The tracks are available at all digital stores and streaming services. Another outing has been released by What the Duck in partnership with Amuse Inc, one of the top artist management companies in Japan whose books include Babymetal, Perfume and One OK Rock.

 

Thai and Korean artists are busy with their collaborative project.

“I really wanted to give the music fans all over the world the chance to hear songs by Thai artists and getting artists to collaborate seemed the best way to go. My idea turned out to be of interest to Warner Music Hong Kong, who also wished to see local artists from several countries connected and become better known to the wider public,” says Danai Thongsinthusak, head of Wayfer Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Thailand. “Brand New Music is an indie music label in South Korea and also partners with Warner Music Korea, which mostly produces boy bands and girl groups. Brand New Music is similar to Wayfer Records in that it allows artists to indulge in their musical freedom rather than just following market trends.”

 

Kanto raps on Wonderframe’s “Mee Fan Rue Yang” (“Deja Vu”).

Warner Music Thailand isn’t the first label in Southeast Asia to take part in the collaboration project. South Korean composer and rapper Kantor recently jammed with Hong Kong rapper Dough-Boy on the single, “Won”. That was followed by Warner Music Thailand’s release of an EP featuring five songs by three Thai artists and five Koreans. The first track is Wonderframe’s “Mee Fan Rue Yang” (“Deja Vu”) featuring Kanto and that’s followed by D Gerrard’s “Come Back To Me” featuring R&B singer Bumkey, and Telex Telexs’“Fantasy” featuring MC, rapper and actor Gree as well as singer Kang Minhee’s “Tip Toe” featuring Wonderframe and D Gerrard’s “24 Hrs” featuring hip-hop artist KittiB. It was recorded in February at 821 Sound Studio in South Korea.

 

Bumkey adds his powerful R&B vocals to D Gerrard’s “Come Back To Me”.

“Eighty per cent of South Korea’s best-known artists use this studio for their masters and Thais have also trained here. We got acquainted with each other, did some photo sessions as well as filmed the behind-the-scene footage,” recalls Danai. “Initially we planned to have our artists sing in Korean but changed our mind. In the end, the Thai artists sung in Thai andthe Korean artists in Korean, while D Gerrard added some English words.”

The collaboration between What The Duck and Amuse Inc sees Nattawut “Golf” Srimok, aka Golf F**king Hero rap on Babymetal’s new single “Pa Pa Ya!!” and also jamming with the Japanese metal band at the “Babymetal Awakens The Sun Also Rises” concert in Yokohama.

 

Rapper Golf F-king Hero got to perform live with Japan’s Babymetal after rapping on the metal band’s “Pa Pa Ya”.

“It all began when Key Kobayashi, the founder and producer of Babymetal, sent an email to my manager saying the band wanted to work with me. He was producing Babymetal’s songs on the theme of summer and he thought of Thailand. He has often come to Thailand and loves Thai food and culture and wanted a song to be related to ‘somtam’ (papaya salad). He chose me because he liked my singing. I try and imitate the pounding sound of a mortar and pestle in my rapping, while Thitiwat “Max” Rongthong, who produces Keng Tachaya, provides the Isaan music instruments such as the ‘pin’ (lute) and ‘klui’ (bamboo flute). At the concert, I saw the metal band’s female members dancing in the Isaan style,” says Golf. “I think that somtam has a variety of tastes like savoury, sweet, and sour just like the sadness and happiness in our lives.”

 

“When I rap, I try to imitate the sound of a mortar and pestle,” says Golf F-king Hero.

But while the artist collaboration fuels creative exploration, can it really be a success? Danai of Wayfer Records thinks it’s just the beginning of some beautiful partnerships.

“Korean artists have a large fan base in Thailand but our artists are not very well known among Koreans. I think the project will allow the artists of both countries to become better known and earn more fans,” he says.

Songs-for-lifer Pongsit shows the love

Published July 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Songs-for-lifer Pongsit shows the love

Jul 09. 2019
Pongsit Kampee performs during the press conference for “Kampee Fest”, which will be held at Bitec Bangna on July 20.

Pongsit Kampee performs during the press conference for “Kampee Fest”, which will be held at Bitec Bangna on July 20.
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
THE NATION

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Pongsit “Poo” Kampee, a popular songs-for-lifer with a string of love ballads to his credit, will be back on stage on July 20 for the concert “Kampee Fest” taking place at Bitec Bangna from noon to midnight.

The 52-year-old singer will be joined by 11 pop and indie artists who recorded covers of his songs for the album, “Kampee Pleng Rak (Bot Mai)”, which was released on Warner Music Thailand last year.

“I’m very honoured that the artists of today – the younger generation – cover my songs. I’m really very grateful,” said Poo Pongsit, during a press conference at DNA Club in Ekamai Soi 5/1. “I hope everyone will come to enjoy the show by the younger generation of artists who will sing the covers of this old man’s songs.”

Greasy Cafe, Singto Numchok, Somkiat, Musketeers and Chart Suchart talk about making their covers of Pongsit’s hits.

The 11 artists and the songs they chose to cover in their own style while sticking to the original melodies are Chart Suchart (“Peek Hak”), Greasy Cafe (“Khae Nan”), Hugo (“Ror”), Mild (“Sudjai”), Musketeers (“Talod Wela”), Polycat (“Phi Rongyen”), Singto Numchok (“Khid Thueng”), Somkiat (“Jai Bongkarn”, Stamp (“Ngao”), Tattoo Colour (“Rak Diew”), and The Parkinson (“Samer”).

“We didn’t change the melody of ‘Jai Bongkarn’ but we do perform it in our own unique style,” said Kanawin “Boat” Cheartaww, the singer of Somkiat. “We get a terrific response whenever we perform Pongsit’s songs at our shows. They are really timeless.”

“Like Boat Somkiat, I’ve played ‘Khae Nan’ at several pubs around the country and got the good feedback. People wouldn’t immediately latch on when I played the intro but as soon as I swung into the first verse, they screamed and applauded,” adds Lek Greasy Cafe. “We were very comfortable with making this cover.”

KijJazz Monotone rearranged “Khid Thueng”, for Singto Numchok while Chart Suchart changed the bright sound of a major scale in “Peek Hak” to the melancholic mood of minor scale.

“I feel like this song is about mem a guy who left his birthplace upcountry for Bangkok,” said Chart.

“I felt comfortable when we did the cover of ‘Talod Wela’,” said Musketeers’ Chakri “Ten” Larpboonruang. “When we are tired of life, this song could make us feel better.”

Tickets are now on sale at Thai Ticket Major.com.

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