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    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

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    Soundway does it again

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 09/06/2015

    » Miles Cleret, owner of the UK-based Soundway label, was in town on May 29 to spin a set of dancefloor sizzlers at Studio Lam on Sukhumvit 51. Cleret, who was last in Bangkok two years ago, has been living with his family in Bali for the past few years and is preparing to return to the UK. He told World Beat there were a number of new Soundway records in the pipeline, and gave me a copy of his latest release Highlife On The Move – Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings From London & Lagos 1954-66, which is a must for fans of African pop music.

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    Pulsating percussion

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 20/03/2018

    » Musicians from Indonesia's premier gamelan fusion group SambaSunda recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of a new album, Taramurag: The Story Of Rangkay (GNP, Indonesia).

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    Life, love, liberation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 15/09/2017

    » In the sole Thai film showing at Toronto International Film Festival this week, a soap opera star stuck in a loveless marriage tangles with an eccentric hitman and a powerful cult. Samui Song is the latest feature film by Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who's fashioned a crime thriller that also plays as a critique of many things: patriarchal oppression, faux-Buddhism, public healthcare and the act of cinema-making itself.

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    Healing beauty's wounds

    Life, Published on 17/11/2016

    » 'As writers, we should try to understand what we are not," declared Indonesia's star novelist Eka Kurniawan at the 13th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF). "I live in the city, but I try to see what life is like for rural people. As a man, I seek the woman's perspective."

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    Let the boys from Yale regale

    Life, Published on 09/05/2019

    » The Spizzwinks, an a cappella singing group of male students from Yale University, will bring their unique blend of sweet harmonies and tongue-in-cheek humour to the Kingdom for two special performances later this month.

  • News & article

    Major Thai music festival in Pattaya

    Life, Published on 21/05/2018

    » The famous Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya, Chon Buri, is the venue for the "Thailand Cultural Music Festival", the country's first music phenomenon where local and contemporary music will first meet this Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 12.45am.

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    Gung-ho newcomers and tireless veterans

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 23/11/2017

    » And yet another Bangkok Theatre Festival (BTF) has come and gone, almost in a flash.

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    Bowie the eclectic celebrated in star tribute

    AFP, Published on 02/04/2016

    » NEW YORK - David Bowie had many faces -- the attention-grabbing glam rocker, the inward-looking experimentalist -- and for a tribute to his life, leading names in music celebrated him by embracing his eclectic spirit.

  • News & article

    Finding the words in Ubud

    Life, Published on 16/11/2015

    » Poet Zachariya Amartya was the first Thai in many years to take part in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF). The 12th edition of Southeast Asia's top literary festival was held between Oct 28 and Nov 1 on the Indonesian island of Bali. The host nation had just been the featured country at the Frankfurt Book Fair and was the festival's focus under the theme "17,000 Islands Of Imagination".

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