Age has not withered him, nor custom staled the infinite variety of Thongchai McIntyre. The Thai singer and actor, very big in Myanmar in the 1990s, looks no older now.
“Sabai Sabai” and “Kob Jai Jing Jing” were most popular songs in his repertoire. On March 29 Thongchai met first with fans at the airport, then with journalists at Taw Win Garden Hotel on Pyay Road to promote Thai-Myanmar friendship and to visit his fans. He also explained why he looks so young, at 57.
“I live for music and for love. I’m optimistic about life, and there is a power in optimism. I do a lot of sport, maybe that’s another reason,” he said. Also known as Bird Thongchai, the singer was born in 1958 to a musical family. His debut album Hard Sai Sai-Lom Song-Rao was released in 1986, bringing him international fame. He was first singer from Thailand to be awarded an MTV award, in 1991. “My parents were very poor, but they loved each other very much.
My earliest memories are of my mother singing while my father played guitar,” he said. His father died when he was a child. “We didn’t know what wealth was, but we could live in happiness even in poverty. My mother taught me to live happily without wealth. Love created happiness,” he said. His mother also taught him to be optimistic, and to lead a happy life. “There were many days we didn’t eat. But my mother always said love would create meals. It’s true,” he said.
Thongchai arrived in Yangon on the Fun and Friendship Experience Exchange Program sponsored by Taw Win Centre and Grammy Public Company, organised by Story Book Entertainment. During his trip, he will be photographed for Preaw magazine. “I will study Myanmar culture, visit Shwedagon Pagoda and other important places. On my return home, I will tell the Thai people about Myanmar and what I have learned here,” he said.
During his stay, he will wear Myanmar traditional costume designed by designer Min Thet San. “I want to wear a longyi. I want to see how Myanmar audiences support me wearing a longyi and dancing,” he said.
Many of his songs were covered by singer and actor Yan Aung in the Myanmar language and became popular in the late 1990s. “Sharing is good. But we should respect songwriters and composers. It is not easy to produce an idea and the original is rare and long-lasting,” Thongchai said.
Source: Myanmar Times