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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 15th January 2015

The Digs are a very talented group of professional musicians based in Toronto, Canada. They kick off a short tour of Cambodia this week with gigs in Phnom Penh at Samai Distillery on Thursday and Equinox on Friday. Band leader Chris Rompre told Leng Pleng:

This is the Canadian band that inspired me to start Durian [legendary Phnom Penh-based expat group] funk band a few years back. These guys are amazing and they’ll be joined many of the former members of Durian including Rhiannon Johnson and Euan Gray”
The Digs
Great news! Read more about this hard-working party band here in the Leng Pleng Q&A. The Digs will be taking their tight soul, funk and Motown sound down to Kep and Kampot next weekend. 
Equinox will, this weekend, celebrate nine years as an essential part of the Phnom Penh music scene. The party starts with The Digs gig on Friday and continues with a Bacano show on Saturday and also... a free barbecue! Thanks to the hard work of general manager Anthony Mrugacz, Equinox does a lot more than just host music shows. Check out the venue website for details of Equinox live streaming, videos, radio station and recordings. Here's a word from the man himself:

I have heard time and time again from people, Equinox is the first place they had a drink when arriving in Cambodia and always the last place to have a drink before departing to Pochentong. Just a big thanks to everyone - customers, staff, musicians and artists. It has not always been easy, but it has always been worth it!” - Anthony Mrugacz

Lafidki is an avant-garde ambient electronic music artist, playing a short show at Meta House on Friday. The Berlin-based solo musician (with a Cambodian background) also integrates film into his experimental live sets. Lafidki, also known as Saphy Vong, last year released the EP Absynthax on Orange Milk Records. Check out his other-worldly sound via the Lafidki Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages - and read more about the artist via the Leng Pleng Q&A.

RJ Marshall
RJ Marshall contacted Leng Pleng to let us know about his new, alternative jam session taking place this Sunday afternoon at Showbox. Red Jack's Sunday Deep Down South completes the Phnom Penh Sunday open mic trifecta along with Sunday Sundowner Sessions at Alleycat and the Zargz open stage at Sharky Bar. It is therefore now possible to begin your jamming at 3pm on Sunday afternoon and continue unabated until midnight. I am not sure if my guitar fingers, vocal chords or liver will be able to handle such an epic cross-city session – but I am going to find out. RJ's Deep Down South session will be roots-music orientated and acoustic: “No vocal amplification. No loud drums. Cardboard box and all else fine. Extra love for homemade instruments.” - sounds interesting (and a fine opportunity for Television Ted and I to reform our harmonica-and-boxtop double act)!

Jimmy Kiss
Jimmy Kiss and Miss Sarawan round off the Leng Pleng gig week with a Wednesday night show at Doors Phnom Penh. These two rising stars both hark back to the 'Golden Era' days of Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea, and both love singing the 1960's and 1970's Khmer rock'n'roll repertoire. Jimmy Kiss is also a talented songwriter and scored a big hit in Cambodia with his tune 'Baby I'm Sorry' – released last year on the first Songkites album. Learn more about Jimmy Kiss via his first full-length English-language interview piece, published right here in the pages of Leng Pleng. I also recommend checking out his Youtube channel for loads of great videos and songs, including this cheeky recent collaboration with Yang Pov, 'I Want To Know Your Name':

Whatever you're up to over the next few days, enjoy the music and... see you around the traps!


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