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Thai music legend, National Artist Kwanjit Sriprajan, talks current events

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National Artist Kwanjit Sriprajan is an enigma onstage and off. At 66, she quick-fires volleys of sharp wit during performances, but as she applies her make-up while giving a short interview, she very much looks and sounds like a kind grandma, with a sweet, slow cadence to her voice. 

National Artist Kwanjit Sriprajan performs.

Kwanjit has contributed to Thai roots music for almost her entire life. She is revered for her role in popularising choi and e-saew music, spitfire lyrical battles of the sexes minimally accompanied by Thai instruments from the country’s central region, as well as her marks on luk thung.

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