A look into the evolution of popular Isaan music from molam, luk thung to pop. Panis Phosriwungchai traces how Isaan music transformed itself to become Thailand’s most popular music.
In molam music, the vocals of the molam performer and the sound of the khaen, a free reed mouth organ, are intimately linked. Panupong Thongsri looks at the evolution of molam lyrics and khaen music in Isaan.
The Isaan Record09/04/2020
Thawit Sitthongsi, former member of Pong Lang Sa On, talks about the molam troupe’s reputation as a leader in changing contemporary molam music and molam performances forever. [VIDEO]
The Isaan Record05/04/2020
Fifteen years ago, a molam troupe made history by taking the molam sound of temple fairs and village festivals to the stage of Bangkok’s Impact Arena. We talked to former band member Thawit Sitthongsi about the troupe’s reputation as a leader in changing contemporary molam music and molam performances forever.
The Isaan Record03/04/2020
Luk thung-molam songs penned by independent and previously unknown Isaan singers are racking up millions of views on YouTube. How did this new generation of artists gain such massive success in Thailand’s mainstream music culture?
The Isaan Record26/03/2020
The success of Luk Thung Molam music has been credited with making Isaan culture popular all across Thailand. But the genre has also been reflecting the changing lives of Isaan people. “What really shines through is their pride, more than before, in being Isaan-Lao,” says Panis Phosriwangchai who studied popular Isaan music.