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Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 30th January 2014


http://filmnoirstudio-phnompenh.com/

Professor Kinski has something of a hit on his hands in 'SnaehaKhong Pel Reatrey', his production for Klap Ya Handz featured on the soundtrack to Cambodian movie Kroab Pich. Approaching 40,000 Youtube hits in the space of three weeks, the awesome track is ringing out all around Phnom Penh, an inspiringly good antidote to the usual pap being pumped out of speakers everywhere. This Tuesday the Professor takes his Dub Addiction live act to The Barn at Otres Market. The band are backed up by fellow raggamuffins MC Kaztet D and DJ Kdam. If you are new to Dub Addiction and are not sure what to expect, my advice would be just make sure you're there on the night – it will be something special. 

Michelle Flemming
Michelle Flemming is busy this weekend – back to back gigs in two provinces with an Equinox show on Friday night followed by an appearance at The Otres Market in Sihanoukville on Saturday evening. Michelle is supporting Phnom Penh's favourite French hard-rock band, Sangvar Day, at Equinox. The boys always pour heaps of energy into their shows and their original material is uncompromisingly harsh and powerful. Read more about the band here in an article kindly contributed to Leng Pleng by lead singer Robin Narciso - 'Dazedand Confused: How I found myself playing hard rock with Sangvar Day'. Thanks a lot for the piece, Robin.

Celebrating five years of music-making in Cambodia, The Groove host Ritchy Boisson and his constant musical companion Phil Javelle will be in residency at the classy music lounge over three nights. Always bringing a touch of class to any project, the French duo are joined by double bassist Seb Adnot on Thursday, drummer/percussionist Lewis Pragasam on Friday and saxophonist Euan Gray on Saturday. See the cool video below of Ritchy & Phil playing their song 'Along the Mekong'.

Celebrating a welcome return to the front line of the Phnom Penh music scene, The Teaner Turners play a reunion show at Oscars 51 on Friday night. Featuring the talents of stand-up comedian Scotty Muldoon and the impressive singer-songwriter Lance Thomas, the gig promises extremely high energy and entertainment levels. The band's promotional blurb was so outrageous and profane I will refrain from repeating it here. The general tone was 'you should come to see The Teaner Turners on Friday'.



Many thanks to Jeremie Montessuis of Film Noir Studio for letting us use his shots featured in this week's wrap and in the Otres Market article.

See you around the traps,

JACK DIAMOND.


Latest Gigs

Thursday  30-Jan-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Sea Wolf at Boulevard Club
  • 7:30 PM ~ Bona Thiem at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Star , DJ Tam and DJ Maily at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Chin Chang and DJ Rith at Lavo Restaurant & Lounge
  • 8:30 PM ~ Gabi Faja and AI Iawasaki at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Electric Universe at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bree , DJ Octo * and DJ Stroke at Code
  • 9:00 PM ~ Tuk Tuk Sessions at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Monivong Highwaymen at Oscars 51
Friday  31-Jan-2014
  • 6:00 PM ~ Sonny and Pervaz at Le Jardin
  • 6:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T and DJ Jonas Antanelis at Otres Beach in Sihanouk Ville
  • 7:00 PM ~ Sea Wolf at Boulevard Club
  • 7:30 PM ~ Jazz Shanghai 30's at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 7:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Star , DJz Nme , DJ Tam and DJ Maily at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ BBoy Peanut and DJ Gigahurtz at Star Palace Night Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ Nova - Chinese New Year 2014 at Nova Penthouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sangvar Day and Michelle Flemming at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Belgian Beats at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Teaner Terners and Koh Thland at Oscars 51
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Bree , DJ Funkelastiks , Rhiannon Johnson and Marsyas at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Ricardo , Leeroy Thornhill * and DJ Rob Little at Code
  • 11:00 PM ~ MR + MRS Rampling at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Blue , DJ Gang and DJ Bree at Pontoon
Saturday  1-Feb-2014
  • 4:30 PM ~ Sophie Rose Lewis and Melanie Brew at The Champa Lodge in Kampot
  • 6:00 PM ~ Billy Page , Joe Wrigley , Michelle Flemming and Big Lizard & The Fourest Project at The Otres Market in Sihanoukville
  • 8:00 PM ~ Unity at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Wat A Gwaan at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ ADilah at The Harem Shisha Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Wat A Gwaan at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at The Groove
  • 10:00 PM ~ International Music Connection Jam Session at Oscars 51
  • 10:00 PM ~ W.I.L.D. at The Riverside Hotel
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  2-Feb-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Bona Thiem at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Pulse at Oscars 51
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Strange Fruit and DJ Wah-Wah at Dusk till Dawn
Monday  3-Feb-2014
  • 9:30 PM ~ Pavel at The Slur Bar
Tuesday  4-Feb-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction , DJ Kdam and MC Kaztet D at The Otres Market in Sihanoukville
Wednesday  5-Feb-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Wicked Wednesdays at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:30 PM ~ Elvis Fandango at The Slur Bar
Coming Up
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • The Underdogs at Equinox
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox
  • Joe Wrigley and Miss Sarawan at The Doors
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Michelle Flemming, Roxanne Dumont and Robin Nariso at Equinox
  • Swagger at Meta House
  • Sonic Detergent at The Slur Bar
  • Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
  • The Tuk Tuk Sessions at Equinox
  • DJ Sequence, DJ Donabelle and DJ Alan Ritchie at Phnom Penh Passenger Port
  • DJ Per at Pontoon
  • DJ Theory at Pontoon
  • DJ Tech 12 and MC Hydro Phonics at Pontoon
  • DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ Achaya, DJ Nakadia * and DJ Rob at Code
  • DJ Bree and DJ Simon C Vent at The Eighty8
  • DJ Flo, DJ Funkelastiks, DJ Lefty, DJ Il Toro * and DJ Egospell at Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanouk Ville
  • DJ Mocity at Pontoon
  • DJ Tim Coates and Mikus at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ Achaya and DJ Wah-Wah at The Kep Lodge in Kep
  • The Cuban Brothers * at Code
  • Philippe Javelle and DJ Funkelastiks at Open Wine

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 23rd January 2014

Roots music’ a wonderfully unspecific term applied to many genres. It can be used to describe music as diverse as Rock, Reggae, Folk and Blues. The writer’s friend, it is often seen hanging around in the same sentence as the simplistic and overused label ‘World music’. ‘Roots’ is an easy word to employ, a difficult one to define. It suggests authenticity, a music that is traditional, true, timeless and undiluted. ‘Roots’ music is as opposed to ‘Fusion’ or ‘Avant Garde’. It is never modernist, but it is often post-modernist. It involves reaching back towards the birth of a musical style. If I reach back far enough am I playing ‘Roots’ music? Or am I just being ‘retro’?...

[Editor’s note – the next 2,000 words of Jack Diamond’s piece on ‘Roots’ music  have been removed for brevity. You can read more in his university thesis ‘The Ages of Man’. Unfortunately, he was not awarded a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism - which may help to explain why he is currently sitting next to me in the back streets of Phnom Penh, writing for Leng Pleng – Television Ted.]

Like waiting for a London bus, we hang around for one good Roots band to show up... then three or four arrive at once. The Wanderlusters are a five-piece act based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, living in self-imposed exile from their homeland – the good ol’ U.S. of A. Band leader, vocalist and mandolinist Davis Zunk was visiting Cambodia in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina decimated his native city of New Orleans. Davis called home to hear ‘there’s nothing left’ and promptly decided ‘OK, I guess I better stay here then’. The South-East Asian music scene has benefited ever since, as this multi-instrumentalist has contributed his great talent to a number of awesome groups. The Wanderlusters play a blend of Bluegrass, Country and Gospel that Davis poetically describes as ‘Hillbilly Soul’. The band’s stage outfits are pretty special too. Catch their set this Friday at Oscars 51 or on Saturday at Equinox.

The Wanderlusters
When an Englishman sings in a Southern ‘Americana’ drawl, he can risk some unfavourable comparisons. Like the difference between the majestic, wide-brimmed, fur-felt headwear donned by The Wanderlusters and a white plastic cowboy hat purchased for five dollars at Central Market. However, some of these guys (or ‘limeys’, ‘poms’, ‘brits’)  really get it right - pouring enough heart and soul into their performances to evoke Townes Van Zandt himself. Which brings us to the welcome return of RJ Marshall to Phnom Penh. RJ has a powerful but fragile voice reminiscent of his hero Gram Parsons. Check out his early evening set at Le Jardin on Friday or at his new monthly open mic night at Equinox on Wednesday.

Dave Cox is a master steel-guitar player from the UK, spicing up his holiday in Cambodia with some well-received guest spots as a member of The Kampot Playboys and The Jumping Jacks. Dave’s secret weapon is an arsenal of inspiring original songs - Steve Earle-esque dustbowl ballads and Delta-blues stompers. You can hear all about it when he is accompanied by cowboy-wannabe Joe Wrigley at Paddy Rice this Friday night.

Dave Cox
Roots-Reggae is on the menu at Equinox this Friday when Vibratone take the stage. The band started off good and are becoming really good, growing in confidence and making additions to their (all-original) repertoire with every gig. There is a really great dynamic in the rhythm section as the minimal, chunky, dub bass-lines of Julien combine with the flamboyant, crazy drumming style of Luis.

Jack will be dusting off his dancing shoes in preparation for Saturday night, when a block-rocking posse of DJs and MCs will throw down at Slur Bar. The launch party of the ‘Wat a Gwaan’ reggae collective features the esteemed Professor Kinski, the creative DJ Polak and the incredible vocal dexterity of MC Kaztet D. They will face off with a visiting collective of reggae-heads from Siem Reap, Chass Sound. For more good vibes, but with a higher tempo, try Swagger at Meta House where the cafe-bar will be ripped out, soundproofed and locked down to transform it into a Berlin-style dance-den.

The weekend is rounded off with a special gig at the luscious music lounge that is The Groove. Superstar Canadian Violinist Brian Larson is accompanied by the astounding drumming talents of Lewis Pragasam and on piano by Phil ‘the music flows from his fingers’ Javelle. Brian Larson is a 23-year veteran of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a contributor to Hollywood soundtracks and musical collaborator with a cavalcade of A-list rock stars. The Groove are doing something extraordinary on Sunday - even by their own high standards. Tickets $5, reservations recommended at info@thegroove.asia .

I’ll leave you with an entertaining glimpse into the world of The Wanderlusters, courtesy of http://thewanderlustersvn.com/


Stay safe when wandering at night,

All the best,

JACK DIAMOND


Latest Gigs

Thursday  23-Jan-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Swing Penh at The Village
  • 7:30 PM ~ Leon Kondo Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Aquarium Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ Euan Gray at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Norris Norisk at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T at Dusk till Dawn
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ U and Elvis Fandango at Oscars 51
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Jack Malipan at Pontoon
Friday  24-Jan-2014
  • 6:00 PM ~ RJ Marshall and Roddy Fraser at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ Louise Norup and Barry Speirs at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Chin Chang and DJ Rith at Lavo Restaurant & Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Billy Page at The Village
  • 8:00 PM ~ Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & Dave Cox at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ VibraTone at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dr. Wah Wah , DJ Nico and DJ Bart Ricardo at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Gypsy Vacation at The Slur Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Wanderlusters * at Oscars 51
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Flo , DJ Ricardo and Wes_T at Code
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Shine and DJ Nas at Pontoon
Saturday  25-Jan-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Billy Page at Le Jardin
  • 8:30 PM ~ MWAUKA & The Gang at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Swagger at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Wanderlusters * at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ Wat A Gwaan and Chass Sound at The Slur Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Diego's Latin Trio at Oscars 51
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Dan Beck , DJ Sequence and DJ Simon C Vent at Dusk till Dawn
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Tech 12 and MC Hydro Phonics at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The Pontoon Bistro
Sunday  26-Jan-2014
  • 4:30 PM ~ Ringtail at The 3Mangos Guesthouse
  • 7:30 PM ~ Bona Thiem at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Anton Isselhardt The and TRIOthlon Ensemble at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Philippe Javelle and Brian Larson * at The Groove
Monday  27-Jan-2014
  • 9:30 PM ~ Billy Page at The Slur Bar
Tuesday  28-Jan-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Stephane Routier at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 9:00 PM ~ Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
Wednesday  29-Jan-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ RJ Marshall at Equinox
Coming Up
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Gabi Faja and AI Iawasaki at The Doors
  • Sangvar Day and Michelle Flemming at Equinox
  • Electric Universe at Meta House
  • Belgian Beats at Meta House
  • The Underdogs at Equinox
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Joe Wrigley and Miss Sarawan at The Doors
  • Bona Thiem at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Jazz Shanghai 30's at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Miss Sarawan at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • Leeroy Thornhill * at Code
  • DJ Star, DJz Nme, DJ Tam and DJ Maily at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ Sequence, DJ Donabelle and DJ Alan Ritchie at Phnom Penh Passenger Port
  • DJ Star, DJ Tam and DJ Maily at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ BBoy Peanut and DJ Gigahurtz at Star Palace Night Club
  • Nova - Chinese New Year 2014 at Nova Penthouse
  • The Cuban Brothers * at Code

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 16th January 2013

I admit it - my Dutch speaking skills are a little rusty these days. Watching video clips of Michelle Flemming’s spectacular singing performances on the television show ‘The Voice of Holland’, I can find no mention of her Cambodian travel plans. I can only guess that, like the rest of us, she first found the place and then found no reason to leave.

Michelle has been on Otres Beach in Sihanoukville for the past eight months, quietly building up a following amongst backpackers and expats in venues such as Otres Market and Done Right Guesthouse. Fortunately for Phnom Penh gig-goers, she has decided to get on National Highway Number 4 and make her debut performance in the capital. Slur Bar will host this talented Dutch singer for a solo show on Friday evening. Michelle’s extraordinary voice, accompanied by her own delicate acoustic guitar work, is more than enough to hold an audience’s attention over an evening. As this is Slur Bar, however, don’t be surprised if she is joined on stage by an impromptu backing band. A lot of musicians head to Slur for a cocktail after completing gigs at other venues and this can result in some very cool late-night jam sessions.

New singing sensations are all well and good, but let us not forget the unsung pillars of the music scene – the road-hardened veterans gigging full-time around the traps of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and beyond. Keeping the backbeat going, hard and heavy as a midnight train, drummer and singer Tommy Nick hits Shanghai Bar on Friday with his Blues-Rock-Soul band Route 66. Never far from Tommy’s side is his brother-in-arms Smokin’ Kenny Smith, the lead guitarist who claims a psychic connection with his drummer that enables the band to achieve incredible moments of improvisation.

If your musical heart is closer to La Marseillaise than to the Mississippi Delta then head to Oscars 51 on Friday for a performance by Nostalgie. This French duo have been known to make grown men cry into their beer. Alain & Pierre are seasoned troubadours with a huge repertoire and a powerful ability to pull on the heart strings of the audience.

One-man touring machine Billy Page arrives at The Village this Thursday evening. Billy’s show consists of strong up-front vocals, a library of self-penned ballads and a beautiful Martin guitar augmented by digital effects. This tireless UK singer-songwriter is always on the move, travelling extensively around South-East Asia, pursuing the next gig, the newest experience and the best inspiration for a song.

I’ll leave you with a live video from Michelle Flemming performing at a club in Holland a couple of years ago.



Salutations to Meta House - a very important pillar of the arts scene in Phnom Penh - celebrating their 7th anniversary this Saturday night with a performance from the incomparable Klezbodians.

Stay safe around the traps,

JACK DIAMOND


Latest Gigs

Thursday  16-Jan-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Billy Page at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy Boisson , Leon and Ten at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D and DJ JO at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Bree , DJ Stroke and DJ Alan Ritchie at Code
Friday  17-Jan-2014
  • 6:00 PM ~ Sophie Rose Lewis and Melanie Brew at Le Jardin
  • 7:00 PM ~ Akhia Cyxtiel at The Village
  • 7:00 PM ~ Route 66 , DJ Sam Day and DJ Wesley at Shanghai Bar
  • 7:30 PM ~ Ingolv Haaland , Ouch Savy and Yun Theara at FCC - The Mansion
  • 7:30 PM ~ MWAUKA at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ D-Rakkas at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Cut Killer at Pontoon
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJane Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy Boisson , Luis Arambarri and Leon at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jahzad at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ Michelle Flemming at The Slur Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ French Nostalgie at Oscars 51
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Jack Malipan and DJ Simon C Vent at The Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Dr. Wah Wah , DJ Ricardo and BFox at Code
Saturday  18-Jan-2014
  • 4:00 PM ~ MC Gobshite , DJ Polaak , DJ Kdam and MC Kaztet D at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 8:00 PM ~ The CNX Connection at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Klezbodians at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski and DJ Island at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Barry Speirs and Ritchy Boisson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ CamboJam at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sonic Detergent at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ Kok Thlok at The Slur Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Oscars 51
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Sequence at The Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo Tralala and DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  19-Jan-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Bona Thiem at The Cabaret Restaurant
Tuesday  21-Jan-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Diego Dimarques Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
Wednesday  22-Jan-2014
  • 5:00 PM ~ Tiny Toones at Le Jardin
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Star at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:30 PM ~ Tamaraka Trio at The Slur Bar
Coming Up
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • Opera at The Doors
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • The Wanderlusters * at Equinox
  • Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
  • Reggae & Dub at Meta House
  • Swagger at Meta House
  • Electric Universe at Meta House
  • Belgian Beats at Meta House
  • Euan Gray at The Doors
  • Wat A Gwaan and Chass Sound at The Slur Bar
  • Jazz Manouche at The Doors, The Slur Bar
  • The Underdogs at Equinox
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Richard Marshall at Equinox
  • The Ensemble TRIOthlon at Meta House
  • Joe Wrigley and Miss Sarawan at The Doors
  • Leon Kondo Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Nico at Meta House
  • DJ BBoy Peanut and DJ Gigahurtz at Star Palace Night Club
  • DJ Shine and DJ Nas at Pontoon
  • The Cuban Brothers * at Code

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 9th January 2014

This week we walk a mile in the shoes of Antonio ‘Frisco Tony’ Pineda – celebrated Beat Poet, Author and Actor. Tony was one of the founders of the Straight Theatre in Haight Ashbury during the San Francisco renaissance. In Phnom Penh he is a familiar face on the music and arts scene. A former ballet dancer, Tony lithely weaves around the traps like the Great White Hipster Shark of Cambodia, searching for hep cats and tuned-in chicks. As soon as he hits the party Tony locks on to his prey – tapping them up with tales of his times with legendary beat poets Jim Morrison and Michael McClure. Before moving on to his next target, Tony makes doubly sure to extract all the latest gossip and scandal - keeping this veteran scenester one step ahead of the game. Read what happened when Leng Pleng asked Tony to describe one eventful Friday night in Phnom Penh - from his own unique perspective.

Tony will be busy meeting and greeting his way around the Chaktomuk Theatre this Saturday, when John Pirozzi’s long-awaited documentary feature Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten receives its gala premiere. The film, a decade in the making, tells the story of the ‘Golden Age’ of Khmer-rock music in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Various dignitaries, celebrities, music and movie moguls will be in attendance at the invitation-only screening.

We are pleased to report that following the premiere there will be an open and free concert celebration from 9pm in the grounds of the Chaktomuk Theatre, where the fantastic Chhom Nimol of Dengue Fever will share the stage with a group of original Khmer-rock legends. Leng Pleng were lucky enough to see a preview performance of this band at our recent Bondarnh Leng Pleng party hosted by Sharky Bar. Receiving a mysterious SMS stating that some ‘very important musicians’ would be coming along, we could hardly have imagined that said musicians would include H.E. Touch Seang Tana of the Drakkar Band, Hong Samay of the Bayon Band and legendary Khmer guitarist Mr To. These and many more Khmer music heavyweights will be playing on Saturday, including the lead guitarist of The Apsara Band – credited with instigating the whole Khmer-rock revolution of the 1960’s. Wow!

Hong Samay
Jack has also heard rumors of special guests joining The Cambodian Space Project at Oscars 51 this Friday. With all these legends in town, it’s hard to say who, what, when or how… but you can expect a great show as the band prepare to jet off to Europe for a winter tour.

Doors Phnom Penh offer a great concert on Friday evening with a Double Whammy of quality musical entertainment. Firstly Euan Gray’s Songkites will be showing off their prodigious songwriting and performing skills. Many of the members of this Phnom Penh-based music workshop are seriously-talented young Cambodians. The evening is headlined by Rhiannon ‘The Voice’ Johnson, returning to Doors with her beautiful soul-jazz vocals and expert backing group.

Slur Bar continue to offer an admirably varied and frequent program of live bands ranging from Khmer language music to Blues-rock, from acoustic singer-songwriters to hardcore metal bands. This Saturday the venue offers the chance to see two great bands in one night when they host Sangvar Day and Adobo Conspiracy. Sangvar Day are uncompromising French hard-rockers who write their own songs. According to singer Robin, their influences include Rage Against The Machine and Incubus “…but if you ask the others they’ll probably say something completely different and we’ll all end up in a fight.”

The spirit and the energy of Adobo Conspiracy are concentrated in lead singer Funmi Riñoza, a Filipina with magnetic personality who stalks the stage delivering alternative rock classics. She is also known for her inspired costume choices, which will only add to the influx of passers-by that enter Slur Bar when the live music starts ringing out.

In signing off, Jack is very pleased to raise a glass to Anthony, Marco and all the staff at Equinox. The venue celebrate their 8th Anniversary this weekend with gigs from the Diego DiMarques Trio and Marsyas. As General Manager and dedicated sound technician, Anthony works incredibly hard to deliver the goods at Equinox time after time – and he documents it all for posterity. Check out some past gigs online at ‘Radio Free Equinox’.

For this week’s audio-visual stimulation, have a look at the latest video release from Klap Ya Handz. Their track ‘Snaeha Khong Pel Reatrey’, featuring the very groovy singer Srey Leak, is a track from the forthcoming Cambodian movie ‘Gems on the Run’.




Stay safe and see you around the traps,

JACK DIAMOND


Latest Gigs

Thursday  9-Jan-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ X-Pat Sound System at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy Boisson , Luis Arambarri and Jazz Trio-Leon Kondo at The Groove
Friday  10-Jan-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Beige Rainbow at The Show Box
  • 8:30 PM ~ MWAUKA at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM ~ Euan Gray , Stephane Routier , Rhiannon Johnson and Songkites at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ KNSTK at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at Oscars 51
  • 9:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lady and the Tramp at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Diego Dimarques Trio at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sonic Detergent at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Strange Fruit and DJ Wah-Wah at Dusk till Dawn
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Rob at Pontoon
Saturday  11-Jan-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Kheltica at The Village
  • 8:30 PM ~ Jahzad at The FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Chhom Nimol * and Drakkar Band at Chaktomuk Theater
  • 9:00 PM ~ Marsyas at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub , DJ Mercy and Tba at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sangvar Day The and Adobo Conspiracy at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T and DJ Alan Ritchie at Dusk till Dawn
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo Tralala , DJ Illest and DJ Alan Ritchie at Pontoon
Sunday  12-Jan-2014
  • 5:00 PM ~ Laura Mam at The Village
Monday  13-Jan-2014
  • 9:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Slur Bar
Tuesday  14-Jan-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Sundance Open Mic with Smokin' Kenny Smith at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
Wednesday  15-Jan-2014
  • 5:30 PM ~ DJ Wez-T , DJ Funkelastiks , DJ Alan Ritchie and DJ Bart Ricardo at Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dennis Shaw Aka D-Rakkas at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:30 PM ~ Khmera at The Slur Bar
Coming Up
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • Diego Dimarques Trio at Equinox
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • Sonic Detergent at Equinox
  • The Wanderlusters * at Equinox
  • Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
  • Sapbai Hanukkah Klezmer Band at Meta House
  • Reggae & Dub at Meta House
  • Swagger at Meta House
  • Electric Universe at Meta House
  • Belgian Beats at Meta House
  • Akhia Cyxtiel at The Village
  • Euan Gray at The Doors
  • Kok Thlok at The Slur Bar
  • DJ Cut Killer at Pontoon
  • DJ F.U.D and DJ JO at Meta House
  • DJane Sao Sopheak and DJane Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Nico at Meta House
  • DJ BBoy Peanut and DJ Gigahurtz at Star Palace Night Club
  • DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ Bree, DJ Stroke and DJ Alan Ritchie at Code
  • The Cuban Brothers * at Code

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