Yuenyong “Ad” Ophakul, frontman of legendary songs-for-life band Carabao, pays home to his nephew, rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai of Bodyslam with the new song “Kongmalai”.
Toon has just completed his 2,191-kilometre charity run under the campaign, “Kao Kon La Kao” (“Take One Step Each”) and raised more than Bt1 billion for 11 Thai hospitals.
“I got the inspiration from running with Toon during his stop in his hometown in Suphan Buri. I was most impressed by the number of fans who turned out wearing garlands made of banknotes to donate to him. The song, which coincidentally takes Toon’s last name, Kongmalai, is actually about the flower garland,” Ad Carabao explains.
The “Kao Kon La Kao” campaign, which has surpassed its original aim of raising more than Bt700 million during the crosscountry run from Yala to Chiang Rai, will see the funds donated to 11 hospitals that lack proper medical equipment. They are: Yala Hospital, Surat Thani Hospital, Ratchaburi Hospital, Chao Phraya Yommarat Hospital, Saraburi Hospital, Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, Nan Hospital, Phramongkutklao Hospital, Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, Khon Kaen Hospital and Nakornping Hospital.
Watch the music video of “Kongmalai” at carabaoofficial and Warner Music YouTube