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The Leng Pleng Gig Guide comes out on a Thursday or Friday of every week

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday 16th July 2015

pic – KCM Nayabinghi Facebook
Looking for ace percussionist KCM Nayabinghi in Phnom Penh on a Thursday night? You will find him perched on a stool, wedged between two huge bass-bin speaker cabinets, centre-stage at Sharky Bar. The speakers will be blasting out monolithic dub-reggae basslines while KCM will be busying himself with an array of weird and wonderful drums and percussion instruments. He will also be smiling a lot. For every Thursday, Sharky Bar becomes Sharky Reggae Bar – when KCM and a guest DJ (tonight, DJ Gorimaa – aka Julien, bass player of Vibratone) liven up the weekly Ladies Night with great tunes, great live sounds and seriously good vibes. Smoke 'em if you got 'em!

Two superb guitarists will join forces on Friday night at Alley Bar for a special acoustic session. Jeffro Sills and Aymen Ghali will perform americana, blues and country tunes at the intimate Phnom Penh venue. Jeffro is a sure-handed Chicago-style blues player and Aymen specialises in a more jazz-influenced repertoire. The gig will be a great chance to observe two expat guitar experts doing their thing without the aid of a supporting band. Aymen Ghali returns to the Alley Bar on Saturday night with gypsy-jazz trio Hot Club de Phnom Penh.

Pavel Ramirez:
he plays with power and passion

Another of Phnom Penh's most talented axemen will be displaying his electric guitar skills on Saturday night at FCC – The Mansion. Swedish-Chilean Pavel Ramirez has a very smooth, melodic and understated style of playing - never showy or abrasive. Pavel also has a very well-drilled rhythm section backing him up in the form of TenTipz. The easy, unobtrusive style of the band, and their 'strictly classics' repertoire may sometimes result in the trio being overlooked on the Phnom Penh music scene – but Pavel & The Ten Tipz are always well worth seeing. Pavel Ramirez is also the resident host of the Sharky Bar Sunday night open jam session. 

'Five of the Yale Glee Club’s best singers', circa 1909 - http://www.whiffenpoofs.com/
If you were casting a careful eye over the Leng Pleng Gig Guide and wondering (as I was) 'what the f--- is a Whiffenpoof?!' …wonder no more. Named after a 'mystical dragonfish', the Whiffenpoofs are Yale University's esteemed acapella singing group. Before the start of each school year, for more than a century, fourteen senior Yale men have been selected to form the prestigious singing group (http://www.whiffenpoofs.com/). The Whiffenpoofs travel extensively around the U.S.A. and the world, performing their wide-ranging repertoire of songs arranged for sublime vocal harmony.

Whiffenpoofs of 2013 with a special guest member – pic: http://www.whiffenpoofs.com/
The Whiffenpoofs of 2015 will be touching-down at FCC Angkor Siem Reap this Tuesday the 21st July as part of a mammoth, five-continent, world tour. We strongly advise that you take this rare opportunity to see an historic and internationally-renowned acapella group perform in Cambodia. How often does a band like this come to town? Check out the video below for a taste of the Whiffenpoofs' highly entertaining mix of old and new songs.

Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!

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