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    The latest in K-pop news this week

    Life, Suwitcha Chaiyong, Published on 18/05/2023

    » Here's the latest roundup of K-pop news this week. First, two Thai members have joined YG Ent's new girl group; Aespa has released their third mini-album; and F.T. ISLAND is returning to Bangkok.

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    When East meets West

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 17/01/2023

    » In 2017, the Japanese band Minyo Crusaders released their debut album, Echoes Of Japan (P-Vine, Japan), to great acclaim. The band's reworking and updating of Japanese folk music, or minyo, on a rhythmic bed of Caribbean, Latin and Afrobeat was truly inspired, and perhaps pointed the way for other fusion bands in East and Southeast Asia. The aim was to revive minyo as "music for the people", as quoted by World Music Central.

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    Can't wait for the encore

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 20/12/2022

    » In 2022 the entertainment industries inched closer to pre-pandemic levels. It has also been quite an eventful year for live music, especially in Thailand, where concerts, festivals and parades of amazing international acts were marching back to the country. As the New Year is here, let's take a look back at some of the highs and lows of music happenings in the world this year, and see what are some of the interesting shows we should look forward to in 2023.

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    Mambo madness

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 02/08/2022

    » Latin music has been circling the globe for more than a century, creating dance crazes and inspiring local forms of music. From tango to reggaeton, with stops for mambo, rumba, son and salsa, bolero, Latin jazz and more, the Latin music juggernaut just keeps rolling on.

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    Meaningful Music

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/05/2022

    » Hip-hop group Thaitanium made a "comeback" with a song called Por Mueng (I'm Your Dad) earlier this week. I put a quotation there because the song has been met with harsh backfire as its lyrics, which are both in Thai and English, contains explicit lines, which can be construed as misogynistic and condescending towards the younger generation of hip-hop artists.

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    New kids on the block

    Life, Suwitcha Chaiyong, Published on 18/04/2022

    » Girl group Wish Me is unique in many ways. First, unlike many all-girl bands that have a lot of members, Wish Me only has four — Wachariya 'Sprite' Jarupungomon, Minyada 'Fahsai' Boonsup, Thanaporn 'Puyfai' Suriyakham and Wachiraya 'Baifern' Gaeovong.

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    Top of the (T)-Pops

    Guru, Suthivas Tanphaibul, Published on 18/03/2022

    » Taking most of the limelight in the Asian music industry is the K-Pop wave or Korea pop music. The genre has successfully connected people who are poles apart in origins while also shedding light on non-Western music and pop culture. Thai pop music, in particular, has flown under the radar for quite some time, with only a few names appearing on and off on global stages. However, with the power of social media, T-pop has become a rising tide during the last couple of years. Guru presents a quick look at up-and-coming Thai pop artists along with quick interviews with them.

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    Saying goodbye to cultural giants

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 18/01/2022

    » The world of Thai country music (pleng luk thung) was reeling from news of the death of luk thung legend and National Artist Waipoj Phetsupan last Wednesday. Waipoj, 79, was one of the Big Four central Thai luk thung stars -- Chaichana Boonachote, Chai Muang Singh and Kwanjit Sriprachan, all National Artists, are the others -- all of whom are masters of all the central folk styles.

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    From sleepy Taunton to the world

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 09/02/2021

    » As the latest artist to be signed by Universal Music with hit songs topping the charts on both Spotify and Apple Music along with music videos with over 14 million views under his belt, Gen Z bedroom pop-star Finn Askew has just dropped his first major release, Peace EP, as he embarks on his break-out year.

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    Step into a dystopian world

    Guru, Kankanok Wichiantanon, Published on 14/08/2020

    » Though Peeralada Sukawat, best known as Pyra, made her debut in 2016, she found international recognition when her track White Lotus was released in 2018. The soulful electro-pop/R&B singer recently released two new singles, Plastic World and Dystopia, which were produced in Los Angeles with Grammy-nominated producer Sean Hamilton. Guru spoke to Pyra, who recently signed with Warner Music Thailand, about what influences her work and the messages she hopes to convey in her latest singles.

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