Reggae dub band Srirajah Rockers swept the 14th Kom Chad Luek Awards, picking up three wins in the category of Thai music with Cathaleeya Marasri’s “Sao Nakhon Chai Si” coming a close second with two.
Reggae dub band Srirajah Rockers swept the 14th Kom Chad Luek Awards, picking up three wins in the category of Thai music with Cathaleeya Marasri’s “Sao Nakhon Chai Si” coming a close second with two. The two artists were on hand to receive their awards on Wednesday (June 14) in a ceremony held at the Thailand Cultural Centre.
“Thank you very much, we are just only a small band so receiving this award is huge for us. It is like a motor driving us forward for our next work. Thank you to everybody for giving us a chance and room to breathe. Most importantly, we’d like to thank our Japanese friend for mixing this album,” said Win Chujitarom, the songwriter and singer of the reggae dub band, as he clutched the band’s first ever trophy for Best Recording for the album “Organix.” The audience showed their pleasure at his acceptance speech with a long and loud round of applause,
Win along with the other members of Srirajah Rockers were soon back on stage, this time to receive the gongs for Best Duo or Group and Best Song for “Ya Hai Day.”
“It’s unbelievable that we have won a second award,” said the irrepressible Win. “We worked hard on our album, even producing and distributing it ourselves. It is more than a small band like ours deserve to receive. This song has a backstory too. I rode my motorcycle from Sri Racha to Chiang Mai where I met Pang Rasmee and we recorded this song together.”
The award presentation ceremony started with a special show, “Khwam Fun Un Soong Sud” in remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej performed by National Artist Santi Lunpei, Tachaya “Keng” Prathumwan, Patcha Anekayuwat and Pijika “Lookwa” Jittaputta.
The award for the Best Instrumental Album was the first to be announced and went to Jinda John’s EP “Time Traveler”.
“I never thought I would win this award. I didn’t work alone and my thanks go to all my friends who were involved with this album,” Jinda told the audience
Best New Artist went to Telex Telexs for their EP “Melt Your Popsicle!”, Best Solo Female Artist to Pacharamon “Oopiib” Naphasthanakiat for her album “Oopiib Sings Impression” and Best Solo Male Artist to Boy Imagine for “Untitled Single, Josho, Chan/Khun/Panha/Khwam Suk” featuring Max Jenmana.
“I am very excited to receive this award, as I have been on a musical journey for 14 years and this is my eighth album. My thanks to Impression Sound Studio and my producer,” Oopiib said.
Best Album went to Mattnimare’s “The Regime”, while Aim and Nam from True Academy Fantasia shared the Popular Vote.
“I'm very glad to receive this award, because we spent five years in making this album,” one of the members of Mattnimare said in their acceptance speech.
In the category of luk thung music, Cathaleeya Marasri’s “Sao Nakhon Chai Si” picked up the prize for Best Timeless Song by Female Artist with the Best Arrangement going to Uan Nakhon Chai Si.
“I’m so excited,” said Cathaleeya, who recently signed with Chai Music. “I’m very proud to sing this old luk thung old song. It’s very challenging.”
“I’m honoured to receive this prestigious award and my deepest thanks go to master songwriter Chalong Phusawang who wrote this beautiful song. Both the master and I produced a good song for our fans, and this award is proof,” said Yingyong Yodbuangam, winner of the gong for Best Timeless Song by Male Artist for “Cambodia Thi Rak” on Buangam International.
Nine male luk thung singers entertained the audience between the presentations, performing “Bao Lom Duangjai”, penned by the late lyricist Phaiboon Butrkhan for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1971 and sung by the late luk thung singer Praiwan Lookpetch. Nine female luk thung singers also took to the stage with “Yor Yos Phra Bat Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua” by the late songwriter and singer Chinakorn Krailas.
Screams rang out when Pong Jakrapong was announced as Best New Luk Thung Male Artist for “Thung Ngao”, released on Workpoint Entertainment subsidiary Yoong Khao Record.
“I'm a new singer and very honoured to receive this prestigious award. Thanks to Note Cherm-Yim who wrote this song, my label Yoong Khao Record, and my fans for their constant support,” said Pong, who was the first runner-up in the third season of luk thung singing contest “Mic Thongkam.”
Chayapa “Boom” Pongsupachakrit, daughter of comedians Chusri and Nok Cherm-Yim, dressed in full likay to pick up her award for Best New Luk Thung Female Artist for “Nang Eak Oak Hak”.
“I started my career in look thung and then turned to likay. Then [the late] master Sripetch Seethong wrote this song for me and uploaded it on YouTube. I never thought it would win me this award,” said an emotional Boom.
The prize for Best Lyricist went to Somsak Somboon for Ann Mitrchai’s “Sud Rak Sud Bucha”, Best Luk Thung Male Artist to Santi Duangsawang for “Rak Sao Mor 2” released on Arom Dee Record, and Best Luk Thung Female Artist to Salee Kanitha for “Bok Rak Fak Lom” out on Sangrawee Entertainment.
The announcement of the Popular vote is the luk thung category was read out last, and screams rang out loud and clear as the name of Annop Thongborisut from True Academy Fantasy was heard.