Ten years after the bloody crackdown on protesters in April-May 2010, the traumatic events are still haunting families of those killed, injured or locked away, and all the others who had watched from afar in disbelief. The Isaan Record revisits the event and its aftermath through a series of articles, interviews, short stories and videos.
For the past six weeks we’ve run a special series, “The Soul of Molam.” We brought you features, photo essays, interviews, and videos about the rich culture of molam and the people who live and breathe it. In this final part, we give space to our readers and some of the people we interviewed to take a look at what the series did well and what it missed out on.
The Isaan Record30/04/2020
What does the future hold for molam music? Five molam artists share their views on the state of the genre. We talked to Nattapon Siangsukon from Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, Boonchuang Denduang, Dao Bandon, Ratri Sriwilai and Phichai Phorahomphui.
The Isaan Record29/04/2020
When Chris Beale bought a curious old vinyl record at his local record store in San Francisco ten years ago, he had no idea it would lead him to photograph Isaan’s most famed molam artists. The American photographer, who recently showed his work in Khon Kaen, talks about his current project to document molam culture in Isaan and Laos.
The Isaan Record26/04/2020
Homeless people in Khon Kaen city are one of the most vulnerable groups among the urban poor. How are these people dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak and what measures are the government taking to protect the most vulnerable members of society?
Ethnomusicologist John Garzoli talks about the ways that molam and the khaen have evolved in the past few decades and his hopes for the future of the genre.
The Isaan Record24/04/2020
It is estimated that at least 6.5 million people across Thailand will be out of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For landless farmers like Suwalee Phongam from Sab Wai village in Chaiyaphum, the crisis only adds hardship to a life already hanging in the balance.
The Isaan Record14/04/2020
Meet the costume creator of Rabiab Watasin, a molam troupe with almost 300 performers that takes its magnificent show all across the country.
When female molam performers face sexual harassment, they often feel they have no recourse. “It doesn’t matter how angry we are, we still have to smile at them.”