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Weekly Wrap - Thursday the 26th November 2015

A Month of Sundays!

Another beautiful blue sky day in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and yet another public holiday (Bon Om Touk – Water Festival). As the tumbleweeds roll around the empty corridors of Leng Pleng Towers, here in the backstreets of Phnom Penh, it is left to me to bring you a brief note about some of the musical happenings taking place over the next few days. With the boat racing having been cancelled in the capital, the main Water Festival action will be taking place in the provinces. My Leng Pleng colleagues Television Ted and Timothy Man of Keys are probably somewhere on Otres Beach right now, chugging back fifty-cent beers. One does wonder sometimes how anybody can get any work done at all in this country, with four weeks of designated national holidays sprinkled generously throughout the year. Surely this is a massive disincentive to any foreigner seeking gainful employment in Cambodia – as well as the distracting abundance of cheap untaxed alcohol and cigarettes?

BBTS, deep into some 'live mashing' - pic: BBTS Facebook

The party of the week will be at Otres Market this Saturday. The off-the-beaten-track Sihanoukville venue will be hosting a number of live bands for their season opening event. Melbourne-based trio Bareback Titty Squad (BBTS) will headline, while support will be provided by Woody Dares, Brooke Palmer and many more. BBTS have captured a large online following via video performances such as the one below, where they perform a 'live mash-up' of 100 different songs. Lively!

Tomorrow (Friday) will see the release of a DVD on C-Lounge records called 'Live in Concert', produced by Ingolv Haaland. Check out the video below featuring a stunning performance by Cambodian singer Ouch Savy. The concert was performed earlier this year in Norway by an international host of musicians and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Pretty special!

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

Joe Wrigley

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