A GRAND musical concert “Henhouse Prowlers” at the Future Factory last Sunday (Nov 17) is proof that music binds us all.
‘Henhouse Prowlers’ — composed of cellist, violinist, guitarist and a banjo player, is an American traditional musical band touring around the world to incorporate music with every regional artistes to foster ties and mutual understanding between the United States and other countries.
For the first time, The Prowlers was on a week’s tour in Cambodia, they come with a mission to share the harmony of music and building cultural ties with the Kingdom’s people.
Henhouse Prowlers, during the performance, spoke to an overjoyed audience that faithfully believe that musical outreach is a magnificent instrument to bring people together and build stronger relationship among countries and communities.
For them, Cambodia is the first stop in the Southeast Asia region. The rich cultural tapestry here has captured the hearts of the Prowlers in Phnom Penh city.
“Cambodia is the first country in Southeast Asia that we choose to have our first performance. We love it here because of its rich culture and artistic tradition, which makes us very excited to display our traditional American music as well as cooperate with the local artistes here,” the trio said.
Also going on stage were the four groups in Cambodia including SmallWorld SmallBand, The Little Squirrel, and De First, to put on a musical show the festive crowd will remember.
For the first time, SmallWorld SmallBand teamed up with the international musicians, Henhouse Prowlers for the awe-inspiring concert, Rithy Lomor Kesor, a member of SmallWorld SmallBand said: “Having an opportunity to cooperate with international artists reminds us that in music, we have no race, no space for discrimination, in music everyone is equal and in music we speak the same language and we build peace together,”
With five contemporary pop songs to perform, SmallWorld SmallBand’s songs comprised at least one starring a traditional Khmer instrument which they want to represent to the world as symbolic of the Khmer musical tradition.
“SmallWorld SmallBand always strives to produce songs that involve traditional Khmer instruments, in which we try to create a unique Khmer song to signify our 21st generation,” said Kesor.
Multi-talented local artistes such as The Little Squirrel and De First also sang their hearts out as they represented Khmer women and Khmer original bands in most artistic ways.