Angkanang Kunchai is one of the great voices of molam music. She was a successful singer with Surin Paksiri and the Ubon Pattana band during the golden era of the early 1970s and her 7-inch vinyl singles from that era always get the club crowds moving.
As a singer, she's right up there with the greats like National Artist Chaweewan Damnoen and Banyen Rakkaen, and I would definitely include her Lam Sarvane and Lam Ploen Ramvong Lao on my desert-island music selection.
For Bangkok Paradise's 4th anniversary gig, "Isan Lam Plearn", organisers Maft Sai and Chris Menist will, for the first time, be including Angkanang in the line-up at one of their gigs. She will front a new molam outfit, the Bangkok Paradise Molam International Band, which Maft Sai set up last year in order _ as the duo put it _ "to perform vintage molam with 21st-century vibes".
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