30 years of Kamphee

Legend's songs of love, loss and life's struggles move the crowd at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani

No matter who you were, where you came from, or what you did, all the barriers of class, education and politics were torn down last Saturday at Pongsit Kamphee's 30th anniversary concert -- "30 Years Kamphee: You're My Friend".

It was one of the loudest and emotional crowds ever heard at Impact Arena Hall, as almost 10,000 people of different ages and backgrounds became one -- letting go of their worries and sorrows to the songs of life and love.

Pongsit (also known by many as Kamphee) is known as the godfather of songs for life (pleng phua cheewit) -- a form of protest music that came about in the 1970s and centred on the hardships of the working class. For the last three decades, he's considered to be the voice of the voiceless -- releasing 18 full-length albums full of heart-wrenching and soul-tearing songs on adversity, grief and the sorrows of life and love. With his simple yet poetic lyrics, an emotional and guttural voice paired with heavy rock or melodic riffs, his music resonates with Thais from all walks of life.

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