Taoboangern (Silver Lily) Chapoowong is perhaps the best-known musician in Laos in the 1990s. Chapoowpong, who has performed in eastern Europe, southeast Asia, and Cuba was classically trained in Hanoi and Moscow. His success can attributed not only to his fine voice, but also to his diverse and flexible repertoire; he sings luk thung, mor lam, Western pop, as well as the modern Laotian equivalent, sakorn. In a country with little musical infrastruture, Chapoowong is compelled to oversee every aspect of his career from recording and producing to marketing and playing his cassettes. Although sometimes a one-man wonder, Chapoowong has also enjoyed collaborations with leading Thai singer, Sunaree Ratchasima.
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