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SAHARAT 'KONG' SANGKAPRICHA, the reluctant coach

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Now 44, the 1980s and 90s pop star just keeps getting more popular and his time as a coach on the singing contest ‘The Voice’ certainly won’t do him any harm. 

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SAHARAT 'KONG' SANGKAPRICHA, the reluctant coach

Kanokporn Chanasongkram

After 25 years in showbiz, Saharat "Kong" Sangkapricha can call 2012 his golden year. At the moment is taking his turn as a warm and caring coach in the singing contest The Voice, the Thai version of the global TV phenomenon that concludes this Saturday on Channel 3.

The leading guitarist/singer of the pop-rock sensation Nuvo also saw his band become active with a packed gig earlier this year. And on Dec 20, Saharat will appear in his latest starring role in the movie Wan Tee Rak (Together), a drama about love found and lost in which he co-stars with, among others, Princess Ubolratana.

The film rounds off a fulfilling year for the 44-year-old heart-throb –  that description still works – who keeps going strong and probably has outshone his peers in the entertainment industry over the past 12 months.

This week, Saharat's priority is coaching his protege in The Voice, a programme that has gone from strength to strength.

He's working and rooting for 16-year-old Tanont Chamroen, one of the four finalists who stands a good chance to become The Voice's first champion in Thailand, and if the boy wins, Saharat can claim top honours as a coach.

At first the modest singer-actor declined to join The Voice's quartet of coaches because he thought he couldn't do the job.

"Frankly, I refused to take the role, which was offered to me many times over the phone," he said. "All my life, I have been a musician, singer and actor, but I just couldn't see myself as a coach. After meeting up with the producer, I got a better picture of what the TV show is all about and agreed to try out teaching people."

But the job actually turned out to be easier than he had thought. Tanont, the luk thung prodigy, and the rest on Saharat's team found themselves in the hands of a well-rounded talent.

Saharat, whose band Nuvo released their first album in 1988, saw the peak of his musical career in the early 1990s before the band fizzled out – though the memory of their catchy tunes remains vivid among fans.

Looking back to his early days in the music industry, he is grateful to his coaches.

''[In the mid-1980s] we played at a pub in Sukhumvit 33 for two years before we signed a contract with Grammy, where I was fortunate to learn from music gurus such as Rewat Buddhinan, Krit Choktippattana, and Soros Poonkabutr,'' he recalled.

''I absorbed what they taught me about recording songs and performing concerts, and all of it has been embedded within me, waiting for the day when I would transfer it to others. That has happened in The Voice where I discovered that being a coach comes naturally to me.''

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reluctant – not willing to do something  อย่างไม่เต็มใจ อย่างลังเลใจ
showbiz – show business; the entertainment business; the business of providing public entertainment, for example in the theatre, in films/movies or in television แวดวงบันเทิง (คำสแลง)
take turns – (of a number of people) to do the same thing one after the other สลับกัน
global – throughout the world ทั่วโลก
phenomenon (plural phenomena) – something that exists and can be seen, heard, felt, tasted, etc., especially something which is unusual or interesting ปรากฏการณ์
conclude – to finish จบ
sensation – something/someone very exciting or interesting, or something which causes great excitement or interest ผู้ที่ทำให้เกิดความฮือฮา, ความตื่นเต้น
packed – crowded; full of people or things แน่น
gig – a single performance by a musician or group of musicians, especially playing modern or pop music งานชั่วคราว
role – an actor's part in a film or play บทละคร
drama – a play for the (movie) theatre, television or radio บทละคร
round off – to finish an activity or complete something in a good or suitable way จบอย่างสวยงาม, จบด้วยดี
fulfilling – causing somebody to feel satisfied and useful ก่อให้เกิดความรู้สึกพึงพอใจ
heart-throb – a famous man, usually an actor or a singer, that a lot of women find attractive
outshine – to be more impressive than somebody/something; to be better than somebody/something เด่นกว่า, บดบังรัศมี
peer – to look very carefully, especially because something is difficult to see มองหา
priority – something important that needs to be done first or needs more attention than anything else สิ่งที่สำคัญที่สุดเป็นอันดับแรก
protégé – a young person who is helped in their career and personal development by a more experienced person ผู้ที่ได้รับการคุ้มครอง,ผู้ที่อยู่ในอุปถัมภ์
root for – to support someone in a game, competition etc; to cheer for someone ส่งเสียงเชียร์, ให้กำลังใจ
finalist – a person who takes part in the final of a game or competition ผู้เข้ารอบสุดท้าย,ผู้แข่งขันที่เข้ารอบสุดท้าย
claim – to win something มีชัยชนะ
modest –  tending not to talk about or make obvious your own abilities and achievements ถ่อมตัว, ไม่คุยโม้โอ้อวด
decline – to say politely that you will not accept something or do something ปฏิเสธ
quartet – a group of four people or things กลุ่มที่มีสี่คน, กลุ่มที่มีสี่อย่าง
frankly – in an open, honest, and direct manner อย่างตรงไปตรงมา
refuse – to say you will not do something that someone has asked you to do ปฏิเสธ
producer – a person who makes the practical and financial arrangements needed to make a film, play, television or radio programme ผู้อำนวยการสร้างภาพยนต์, ผู้ผลิต
prodigy – a young person who is unusually intelligent or skilful for their age คนหรือสิ่งที่พิเศษกว่าทั่วๆ ไป (โดยเฉพาะเด็กที่เป็นอัจฉริยะ)
well-rounded – having a variety of experiences and abilities ซึ่งมีความสามารถหลายด้าน
talent – a person with a natural ability to do something well ผู้ที่มีความสามารถพิเศษ
release – to make something available to the public  ออกวางตลาด, ออกวางจำหน่าย
peak – the time when something is at its highest or greatest level ช่วงเวลาที่พบมากที่สุด
fizzle out – to gradually become less successful and end in a disappointing way จบลงด้วยการล้มเหลว
catchy – pleasing and easily remembered น่าดึงดูด, ที่จำได้ง่าย
tune – a series of musical notes that are sung or played in a particular order to form a piece of music ทำนองเพลง
vivid – having or producing very clear and detailed images in the mind เจิดจ้า, สว่างไสว, ชัดเจน
grateful – a feeling that you want thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you สำนึกบุญคุณ
fortunate – lucky โชคดี, เคราะห์ดี
guru – a person who is respected for their knowledge of a particular subject and who gives advice ครู
recall – to remember จำได้ นึกทบทวน
absorb – to take something into the mind and learn or understand it  รับรู้, รับไว้
embed – to fix something firmly in a surface or object ฝังลงไป
transfer – to move from one person/thing to another ส่งผ่าน, ถ่ายทอด
come naturally to – not having to be learned มาตามธรรมชาติ

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