Sanook Singmat (สนุ๊ก สิงห์มาตร) is a Thai country singer and Look Tewadah (ลูกเทวดา) one of his most popular songs. The meaning of Look Tewadah is Angel’s child but its interpretation in Thai society goes a lot deeper.
Look tewadah is a tag given to teenage boys who habitually laze around all day and are nothing but trouble when they do eventually rise from their shut-eye. They race motorbikes along the country roads, get involved in fights and of course have a keen eye for the prettiest schoolgirls. When it’s time to help out with family chores they’re either asleep or too kee kiat (ขี้เกียจ / lazy) to do so.
I think the term look tewadah comes from the Thais notion that an angel doesn’t do much all day long bar sit on a cloud and look down on the world beneath them. Nang Fah is the more commonly used word for angel in a graceful tense.
In plain simple western words look tewadah is a rebellious male teenager.
So why write a post about Sanook Singmat and his song Look Tewadah.
Two reasons, one naughty and one nice.
- Naughty…เพลงลูกเทวดา (Music of an Angel’s child) is the fastest rising keyword searched in Thailand according to Google Zeitgeist 2010. The naughty bit is that Mr G has been playing a different tune on his piano again and this site’s Google search hits have fallen as flat as a song sung out of tune. I thought maybe the words เพลงลูกเทวดา might give it a lift.
- Nice….the song is about the life of a young Isaan teenager who is look tewadah through and through. The video has many great shots of typical Isaan village life and I thought it would be good viewing for anyone out there who’s considering making their first field trip to a rural village in Thailand. It’s not a bad song too.
My apologies if my Thai to English translation is not perfect. Cough..cough…hint…maybe someone can help. Those of you with a Thai partner from Isaan or indeed anywhere in rural Thailand who are in two minds about taking your first jaunt to a Thai village, please view the video and take a close up look at what awaits you in the backwoods of Thailand.
Sanook Singmat’s country music is also a taste of what might keep you awake at night when you’re surrounded by mosquitoes and your partner’s father has drunk your last beer. Did I mention cobras, no I didn’t think I had.
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