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    Molam's mass movement

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 07/11/2014

    » 'Molam can't be tamed," so the old saying goes. The years have certainly proven this true. From now until the end of March next year, the Jim Thompson Art Center presents "Joyful Khaen, Joyful Dance", an exhibition tracing the development of molam from its ritualistic roots in Isan, through its passage as anti-communism propaganda, to its current place in pop culture, where the once rural music is played to the cool or even international crowd of Bangkok.

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    Call it therapy

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 03/03/2019

    » While most people may not be familiar with Julia Michaels, chances are they have more than one occasion heard (and even sung along to) the songs she wrote. The 25-year-old American songwriter, if you must know, is the force behind some of the biggest pop hits from over the past few years including Justin Bieber's Sorry, Selena Gomez's Bad Liar and Hands To Myself, and Gwen Stefani's Used To Love You. But after realising that some of the songs she penned spoke to her more than it would any of the industry's A-listers, she decided to carve her path as a solo artist -- the move marked by the release of her 2017's debut single, Issues, followed by the seven-track EP, Nervous System.

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    Stage whispers

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/05/2015

    » The artistic career of Thanapol Virulhakul, director of the critically acclaimed contemporary dance performance Hipster The King, is a work-in-progress. It started out with a thesis project at Thammasat University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, in which he made Buddhist amulets out of chocolate, sold them on the street and filmed reactions of passers-by and amulet experts.

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    Sounds celebrating Mandela centenary

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 24/07/2018

    » This month World Beat joins the international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist and visionary leader. Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, and passed away on Dec 5, 2013, having served 27 years in prison for his resistance to the racist apartheid system then operating in South Africa.

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    150 years of Rossini

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 19/06/2018

    » 'Opera would be absolutely perfect," said Giachino Rossini one day while cooking a gourmet meal in his Paris mansion. "If only we could get rid of those damned singers."

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    Tremendous trombone

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 30/01/2018

    » 'Never look directly at a trombone player," said the great composer Richard Strauss. "It only encourages them." Then again, the German composer was hardly being honest about an instrument which Felix Mendelssohn called "the most sacred and noble instrument in the orchestra".

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    Taking Jazz Back to the Masses

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 08/10/2017

    » On his new EP, tenor saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington reaffirms his status as a genre-blurring king of the new jazz generation.

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    Adolescent fun and fantasy

    Life, Published on 21/09/2017

    » The Chainsmokers' runaway train tore through Bangkok last Friday night and left 23,000 EDM fans hot, sweating and baying for more.

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    Heartbeats with piano tweaks

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 10/08/2017

    » The first sounds heard even before your entrance into the world are your mother's hypnotic heartbeat. It's generally believed that it is a sound critical for the development of a foetus -- a biological and emotional connection unlike any other.

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    Join the Resistance

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 02/04/2017

    » On her latest record, the transgender eco-feminist warrior makes a case for more activist dialogue and the remedial powers of women.

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