By THE NATION
As the members of the Mu Pa (Wild Boars) football academy and team and their coach were visiting Prime Minister Prayut Chanocha on Tuesday, British executive producer Will Robinson was calling attention to their rescue with the release of “Heroes of Thailand”, a song and music video he produced to honour the sacrifice and efforts of the divers, rescue workers, officials and volunteers who rescued the 12 young footballers and their coach from the Tham Luang cave in Tham LuangKhun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai in July.
Robinson records the sound of the salo.
Robinson, the chief executive of Hong Kong-based record label Tune Asia, has more than 25 years of experience in the music industry and is also a talented composer and songwriter.
He penned the full-length version of “Glory Glory Man United” in 2008 featuring Korean violinist Jenny Bae. He also wrote “Red is the Man” to mark Sir Alex Ferguson’s 25th anniversary at Old Trafford and “Chico is the Man” for Mexican football star Javier Hernandez, which saw him collaborate with Jose Feliciano and Daniel Ryan.
Will Robinson during the shooting of the music video.
“I co-wrote a song for Bryan Robson, former manager of the Thai national football team and former captain of Manchester United and England football team called “Hero” with British composer Daniel Ryan about seven years ago. The song has a strong melody and after watching the story of the heroic rescue at Tham Luang cave, I thought this song would make a nice tribute to all the volunteers, rescue workers, divers and others who risked their lives to help in this rescue mission that gripped the whole world,” he says.
“I changed the lyrics and the story of the song and had it translated to the northern Thai dialect,” says Robinson, who divides his time between recording studios in Hong Kong, Thailand and the UK.
Ronnarong Khampha is a singer of “Heroes of Thailand”.
“I would like thank to Thai Navy Seals, Thai PBS, ITV England and some of the divers who provided some of the footage for the music video and gave permission to use their photographs.”
“Heroes of Thailand” was recorded in Manchester, London, Singapore and Bangkok and features vocalist Ronnarong Khampha, a Lanna dancer and actor from Phayao, and several traditional Thai instruments including the salo, a northern Thai musical instrument made from a coconut shell, and the khlui, a traditional Thai duct flute made from bamboo.
“I was fortunate to meet Ronnarong. He’s a multi-talented artist – a choreographer, dancer and singer and was recommended by Professor Waewdao Sirisook from Chiang Mai University,” says the 51-year-old Briton.
Ronnarong says he is honoured and proud to be part of this charitable project as it gave him the opportunity to also share the Lanna art and culture through music.
“The lyrics convey the message of gratitude to all local and international volunteers who were involved in the rescue of the footballers and their coach. Every person is a hero,” he adds.
Ronnarong Khampha, Will Robinson, and Kanchorn Jiamram, director of Childlife Mae Sai (Baan Nana), Chiang Rai
“Heroes of Thailand” can be downloaded on iTunes on https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heroesofthailandfeatronnarongkhamphasingle/1433606438 and on all other major digital retailers and streaming services.
Proceeds from all downloads and streaming sales of this song will be donated to Childlife Mae Sai (Baan Nana), a children’s charity in Chiang Rai.