A BLAST of classical music from the past was enough to hammer home the point that no matter in what era, music has always been the most powerful instrument to bind the disconnected, create social unity and maintain social harmony in a nation.
Friday night sees Peter Doyle at Botanico, Lisa Concepcion at LF Garden, Samsara at the Futures Factory, and the eclectic sounds of The Sock Essentials at Farm to Table.
IT’S not every day you get to see someone play solo ska music wearing a cat suit, but this weekend you get your chance: Japanese-born New Zealand resident Moisty Atsushi is coming to town
“In the Life of Music” a film directed by Mrs Caylee So and Sok Visal, was selected to represent Cambodia for the Academy Awards, 2020.
The Berlin Wall would remain for exactly 10,315 days, becoming a symbol of the Cold War and dividing the world into two hostile blocs: the capitalist West and the communist East. More than 250 people lost their lives trying to cross the barrier.
When it comes to traditional Khmer musical instruments, many young people can probably rattle off a few names, but the truth is they actually have a wide range to choose from.
When she first took the stage with a song called Evil Husband in 2016, Vartey Ganiva was immediately labelled Cambodia’s first Queen of Punk due to her ‘unusual’ taste in music.
Anith Adilah Othman speaks with Sokim Keat, a young Khmer who teaches Cambodian traditional instruments to the youths, out of fear that someday his beloved culture will be forgotten.
It was a significant Thursday night. An iconic Filipino choral group performed at Cambodia’s iconic Chaktomuk Theatre, symbolising the power of music in connecting two nations whose culture, history and language vary.
“NomadPlay” is all down to an algorithm which separates out sound components.
Last Sunday, Musica Felice once again showcased their beautiful sound. The multi-national choir collaborated with traditional Khmer musicians and sensory-impaired children to create a performance that promotes unity and harmony.
Classical contemporary music filled Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra on Sunday evening as Musica Felice showed off their singing prowess for a charity concert.
On Friday at The Bodleian, Into the Gold – a musical journey through the 50s and 60s featuring Intan Andriana, Antti Siitonen and Philippe Javelle, while the soul funk of Pocket Change is at Bassac Lane and the reggae of Riddim at Alchemy.
Pavel Ramirez, one of the hardest working musicians in town, has one of the more strange journeys that brought him to Phnom Penh in the present day.
KlapYaHandz Music Record embodied Cambodian Hip-Hop music in Yoyogi Park, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan for Cambodia Festival on May 3 to 4, 2019.
Another in the series of unlikely pairings on the Cambodian music landscape is Simon Bailey and Tiffany of the Sinville Roadshow. He’s from London and she’s from California. They’d both been spending time in different parts of Cambodia for some years before meeting in 2013.
TSI was officially launched in 2018, with a kick-starter event that included some of the biggest names in the music sphere. Yes, we’re talking about Laura Mam, Khmeng Khmer, Small World Small Band and other artists.
In a city full of unlikely pairings, one of the more interesting is the creative partnership between Vanntin Hoeurn (generally known as Tin) and RJ Marshall – their latest project is an all-original blues style duo called Phnom Devils.
After a heady high season of bands returning to Phnom Penh for shorter or longer periods, prepare for a quick bunch of shows by the Darwin based Jigsaw Collective. This multi-modal jazzy-soul-funk party-igniting outfit is back after nearly a year to cement its following and attract the curious.
A conductor’s baton has been created that allows the visually-impaired to follow its movements, opening up the potential for blind people to join more orchestras.
American music group Harpeth Rising teamed up with local female artists for an awe-inspiring concert ahead of International Women’s Day celebrations. Som Kanika was at the all-female music event as the performers served up inspiration and courage.
The Phnom Penh music scene, in the ten years or so that I’ve known it, has always been very supportive of specific genre bands.
Three young female members of the American music group Harpeth Rising will tour Cambodia from February 21-27, and with local artists they’ll promote women’s rights in the forefront of the upcoming International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) celebrations.
Shoutout to all local music lovers! Smart Axiata has just officially launched “Pleng” – a revamp of the former Smart Music streaming application – to give Cambodians the best way to listen to Khmer music.
It was Hilary Duff’s 2004 film “Raise your voice” that opened Sam Rocker’s heart to music. The multi-talented American actress inspired Sam – who was in high school that time – to sing and use her voice to show who she is and inspire people to do the same.
Taing Chan Andy has always loved playing trombone, an instrument that’s not really popular in Cambodia – especially for young people like him.
A generation of music-lovers are damaging their hearing with audio players that do not limit dangerously high noise levels, the UN health agency said earlier this week.
“This is America”, Childish Gambino’s searing indictment of police brutality and racism, scored a breakthrough for rap on Sunday at the Grammy awards, where the top prize went to country artist Kacey Musgraves.
For those of us who like to spend time in bars, Phnom Penh provides a wide range of options. And then there are a few of real character that really stand out.
It sounds a little like a quirky romcom – Chinese girl meets British boy in northeast China, they start playing music together, begin touring Asia and Europe, and develop an improvisatory style that gradually morphs into an audience-interactive arts jam.