Amnaat Luukjan

Amnaat Luukjan (Thai: อำนาจ ลูกจันทร์; March 20, 1949 – July 14, 2017 in Bangkok) or better known as Pao Carabao (เป้า คาราบาว), nickname Pao (เป้า), was a former Thai musician. He was known as drummer of Carabao, a famous Thai rock and Phleng phuea chiwit (Thai protest song) band.

Amnaat Luukjan
Amnaat Luukjan

(1949-03-20)March 20, 1949
DiedJuly 14, 2017(2017-07-14) (aged 68)
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration General Hospital (BMA General Hospital), Bangkok
Other names
  • Pao
  • Pao Carabao
Years activelate 1960s–2009
Spouse(s)Pungpit Luukjan[1]
Musical career
  • drum
  • percussion

Biography & careerEdit

Luukjan was born in Bangkok's Phra Khanong neighborhood (currently Prawet District). He graduated from The Royal Thai Navy School of Music and entered navy service as a Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) at Royal Thai Navy Music Division. He started playing music from the trumpet, then change to drum.

He is a backup musician with many bands and many famous singers in various genres such as Luk krung, Luk thung, or pop, viz Pumpuang Duangjan, Phloen Phromdaen, Yodrak Salakjai, The Hot Pepper Singers, Don Sornrabieb, Pink Panther etc. He began to play music from the fusion jazz and pop jazz along nightclub and pub, he is considered the first musician to pioneer this genres of music in Thailand.[2]

In 1983, he was persuaded to become a member of Carabao from Yuenyong Opakul (Aed Carabao), a band leader along with two fellow musicians, Thierry Mekwattana and Thanis Sriklindee in the fourth album, Thor. Thahaan Ot Thon (ท.ทหารอดทน; lit: "The Long-suffering Soldier"). He is the only member who never sang or even support sang, he only plays as a drummer.

In 1989, the year that each member out of the band. He collaborated with Mekwattana and Sriklindee to release their first album as the title, Khor Diew Duay Kon Na (ขอเดี่ยวด้วยคนนะ; "Let me Solo") in a style similar to Carabao.[2][3]

Life after Carabao & deathEdit

Life after Carabao, he teaches music to children at his home and also produce Pearl brand percussion instruments for sale.[3]

Although he is a former member. However, he continued to perform in major concerts with the band such as 10th Anniversary Concert in 1991 at MBK Hall, MBK Center, 20th Anniversary Concert in 2003 at Plenary Hall, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, 25th Anniversary Concert in 2007 at Impact, Muang Thong Thani, especially in the 25th anniversary concert, he sang without rehearsing for the first time on stage titled Ran Lao Rim Tang (ร้านเหล้าริมทาง; "Vendor Bar").[3]

In early 2008, he underwent neck and heart surgery. Which made him paralyzed from herniated disk. He lives alone in his home in Ladprao neighbourhood. On October 22, 2009, he was also sentenced to bankruptcy. .[1] He died almost midnight on July 14, 2017 with hemorrhagic stroke, tote 68 years.[3][2] The cremation ceremony took place on July 22 the same year at Wat Ladprao.[4]

In the film Young Bao The Movie released in 2013 with a story about Carabao in the beginning. His character is represented by Somchai "Tao" Kemglad.[5]


  1. ^ a b "เคราะห์ซ้ำกรรมซัด! "เป้า คาราบาว" แบงก์ฟ้องล้มละลาย" [unlucky! "Khao Karabao" Bank filed for bankruptcy]. Manager Online (in Thai). 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  2. ^ a b c "ย้อนรอยชีวิต "เป้า คาราบาว" ในวันที่กายไม่ให้แต่ใจยังเพรียกหา". Manager Online (in Thai). 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  3. ^ a b c d "สิ้นตำนาน มือกลองคาราบาว เป้า-อำนาจ ลูกจันทร์ วัย 68 ปี". Khao Sod (in Thai). 2017-07-15. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  4. ^ ""พิธีฌาปนกิจ "เป้า คาราบาว""". Nation TV (in Thai). 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  5. ^ ""คาราบาว" ทรงพลัง ดึง ตูน-เป้-ฮิวโก้-เต๋า สวมบท "ยัง บาว"". Major Cineplex (in Thai). 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2017-10-26.