Monday, 28 October 2013

Locals Shindig at the Secret Garden

koh phangan djs kaonashi pablo escobud

secret garden party flyer koh phangan
The week after full moon Haad Rin is QUIET, yet down in the heart of Full Moon Party town a funky little soiree was taking place last Thursday 24th October at Secret Garden.

It's low season on Koh Phangan and there's not so many locals about, but at Kawee's in Haad Rin, home to the Secret Garden Party, 50 regulars were found grooving their thing away on the dance floor to the sounds of DJs Pablo Escobud and Kaonashi.

Host Kawee was as resplendent as ever, with his sparkling energy shining out to the Secret Gardeners as they celebrated his vision of a sumptuous local party in beautifully decorated surroundings.  

I wrote my first ever Phanganist blog about the Secret Garden, and it's always a place that's dear to our hearts. You can read that blog here:


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Pablo knows Kawee has a love of beautiful vocal house music, and he has spent time preparing a set of soulful, funky house to perfectly suit the Secret Garden atmosphere. 

He played remixes of old classics 'Woman' and James Brown to an energetically happy and responsive crowd, and everyone on the dance floor had a smile on their dancing faces and a twinkle in their dancing toes! 


James Brown performing at TV program Shindig! 1965

I was still singing James Brown the next morn and found this classic video on youtube. Treat yourself and spend two minutes checking out the one and only Twinkle Toes himself singing 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag'! OMG That footwork! 

Chang Mark had the best dance moves of the evening: after borrowing some dark shades and getting into character with his Ian Dury persona, his feet were soon moving as separate entities to his body, ala James Brown!

Connoisseur Kaonashi took over from Pablo and seamlessly continued the evening's theme with some amazingly groovy funk, before lifting off with some electro tech towards the end of the night. We were all enjoying ourselves immensely into the early hours!


Both DJs have a love and a passion for music and can often be heard pulling out of the bag something a little bit different from what is usually heard on the island... and they make a great double act!

"Thanks to all the lovely Party people who came with love to share this so great night! A special Thanks to the "electroLove" Djs : Pablo Escobud and Kaonashi." 
Kawee Ko Phangan

Papa's got a brand new bag!

Photos courtesy of Kawee Koh Phangan