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
Molam artist Patipan Luecha performs the protest song “March to oust dictatorship” at a student protest at Khon Kaen University in February.[VIDEO]
The Isaan Record06/04/2020
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
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.”
The Isaan Record31/03/2020
The life of Molam Bank or Patiwat Saraiyaem took a dark turn in 2014 when he was convicted of royal defamation for a role he performed in a theater play. He spent two and a half years in prison. But the time behind bars did not stifle his talent for political molam songs.
The Isaan Record29/03/2020
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?