Bringing traditional morlum music with blues and West African rhythms, Rasmee Wayrana has become one of her kind not only in the Thai scene.
Her music education started at home, in Nam Yuen district in northeastern Thailand, where she was growing up listening to her father’s Khmer folk band. Of course, soon she joined the singing.
After high school, she studied arts at Chiang Mai University, then tried various jobs, but finally ended up on local jazz club stages. She also met soulmates who introduced her to the beauty of West African music that she found strikingly similar to the traditional melodies of Cambodia and Isan region.
While never stopping to keep her ears open for new inspirations, in 2015 Rasmee finally started working on her first release with a friend and acoustic guitar virtuoso Satukan Tiya Tiya.
Initially printed in just about 200 copies, her beautiful debut EP “Isan Soul” has recently been getting a proper release and now you can stream it on Spotify.
The album shows Rasmee’s unique vocal talent and in spite of its stripped-down arrangements, it reveals the immense variety of influences the 32-year-old has already had in her music life. But as far as we know her, it’s obviously just a beginning of her global journey.
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