John Clewley, aka ‘DJ Por Yai’, is from Sheffield, England. He moved to Asia in 1983 and has lived in Thailand and Japan. He taught in the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University, where he presented radio programmes at the university radio station to teach English through pop songs and short stories. He hosted radio programmes on World Music for FM Yokohama and FM Tokyo in Japan and contributed columns to several Japanese music magazines, including Music Magazine and Takarajima. He wrote the highly popular Polyrhythms column for the Japan Times and writes the World beat column for the Bangkok Post (since 1994). He also wrote a music column for the Thai-language magazine, Banthoeng Khadi.

John is the Southeast Asian Correspondent/Photographer for Songlines (UK), one of Europe’s leading World Music magazines. He wrote several of the Asian chapters for the Rough Guide to World Music (1995, 1999 & 2007-9) and entries on Thailand, Bangkok and Laos for the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (2004).

He currently works as a writer, editor and photographer and is deep into research for a book on luk thung music, Tears of the Truck Driver, for Riverbooks (Bangkok & London). As well as performs by the name of DJ Por Yai for his hugely popular DJ night - RITMO TROPICAL - Big Beats from the Banana Belt at Opposite.

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