The influence of Cambodian music continues to be felt across the globe this week as Dengue Fever embark on the European leg of their world tour in support of their latest album, The Deepest Lake. Check out the music video below for their song Tokay. Cambodian lead singer Chhom Nimol and her band are based in California. This week they will be bringing their unique brand of psychedelic rock'n'roll to The Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom (Dengue Fever website). Good luck guys, and don't forget to come and see us in Cambodia sometime soon!
As the threat of tropical rainstorms hangs over the region, certain areas of Phnom Penh may once again be turned into unwanted water theme parks this weekend. Heavy and sudden rainfall certainly disrupts the music scene - but a few washed-out gigs, flooded motorcycles and 'lol' Facebook photo posts of people floating down Street 13 on rubber dinghies seem trifling compared to the grievous damage caused to homes and businesses every time it rains hard in the city. Still, we can all be reassured by the helpful advice and guidance offered by the municipal government after previous flash flooding, last month: “We know clearly that the people are really having difficulties, so please prepare and store important things carefully...We will somehow get the drainage system to flow fast everywhere.” ('Record Rainfall Prompts Debate Over Drainage', The Cambodia Daily, August 3, 2015) – good to know that the powers that be have ('somehow') got it covered!
Pavel – The Remarkable Ramirez
Bona fide U.S. hip-hop legend DJ Cash Money is back in the city on Saturday night at NOVA Club. The Philadelphia-born turntable innovator's long list of credentials include releasing his first album in 1987, working with famous artists such as P.M. Dawn, The Roots, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip in the 1990's, and winning all three major DJ championships in one year! Check out the video above for a real 'old school' lesson in the art of DJ-ing... not a laptop, CDJ, or electronic DJ controller in sight!
|Vibratone - roots reggae from Phnom Penh - pic: supplied|
The 'Sarawan' Twins – pic: Ken Edgar
Whatever you're up to over the next few days... stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!
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