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    The day the music died

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 09/07/2019

    » The legendary leader of the famous and influential Petch Phin Thong Band, Noppadon Duangporn, died last week at the age of 77. He was well known across the country, not just as the founder of one of Isan's biggest bands but also as a comedian, radio DJ and movie actor.

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    Revolutionary's road

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 02/04/2019

    » Poet, novelist, piano player. And that was before Gil Scott-Heron had reached 20. He wrote and recorded his best known song, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, in 1971, and from then on produced a unique and polemical body of prose, poetry and music that led him to be dubbed the "Father of Political Rap", the originator of "nu soul" and many more titles. He preferred being called a "bluesologist".

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    Twenty-five years of musical magic

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/03/2019

    » This year is the 25th anniversary of the World Beat column. It began all the way back in February 1994. That's right, in the last century. We survived the millennium and have forged ahead into the 21st century.

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    All there at the square

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 05/03/2019

    » Busy Victory Monument, with its buses, taxis and motorcycles, is one of Bangkok's few traffic circles (or roundabouts, as we call them where I come from). It's a busy intersection of roads that lead to all points on the compass.

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    Farewell to a punk pioneer

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 11/12/2018

    » Manchester in the mid- to late-1970s was dark and moody. The International Monetary Fund bailed out the UK economy with a £3.5 billion loan in 1976 as the pound sunk to record lows. There was bitter infighting in the Labour-led government and strikes were in the news headlines.

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    Likay lives on

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 07/08/2018

    » My first experience of popular theatre in Thailand was a likay performance in the main market in Chumpon. I had not been in Thailand for long and was on my way back from a trip to Malaysia, travelling by local bus and train.

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    Put some schoolin' on ya

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 15/05/2018

    » This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of a New Orleans musical legend: Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair or just plain "Fess". He was born on Dec 18, 1918, in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and later moved to New Orleans with his mother.

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    Remembering Kak Channthy

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 03/04/2018

    » The news last week that the lead singer of the Cambodian Space Project, Kak Channthy, had died in a car crash in Phnom Penh has shocked her fans in Cambodia and across the globe. She was 38 years old.

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    African roots, Latin rhythms

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 20/06/2017

    » West African bands and artists dominate the European Broadcast Union's World Music Chart for June, with one of West Africa's most loved dance bands, Senegal's Orchestra Baobab, riding high at top spot, with their first studio album for a decade, Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng.

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    Fresh sounds

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 07/03/2017

    » Garifuna music, a sublime blend of local indigenous and African music from Honduras and Belize has topped the European Broadcast Union's World Music charts. Led by the late Andy Palacio, a famous "Punta rock" (Belize's most popular music) musician who returned to his roots to resurrect Garifuna culture through music. Aurelio picked up the baton from Palacio and has made his name internationally with a series of delightful albums.

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