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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 3rd March 2016

If you are in Sihanoukville today, you may be wondering why there is a procession of brightly-coloured vehicles, bedecked with various weird and wonderful paper-animals, winding its way through downtown. Bob Passion's annual Khmarnaval has arrived once again, complete with a carnival float procession, a Madagascan drumming group, Cambodian comedians, dancing troupes and a host of live bands. The live concert starts at 6pm tonight (Thursday) at the M'Lop Tapang Center, with a second event happening on Friday night at The Venue in Sihanoukville. Sounds like fun!
In Phnom Penh, new venue Cloud are continuing to put on interesting and alternative music events. This Thursday, pianist Remi will host the first 'Open Piano Afterwork' session. All-comers are welcome to join in and dust off their keyboard skills. The session could be a good alternative to guitar-centric open mics happening elsewhere in the city.
All-original songs, new line-up: Moi Tiet! - pic: Steve Porte
Scott Bywater returns to the Phnom Penh stage with Moi Tiet! this weekend, playing a warm-up show at Alley Cat Cafe on Friday night and a full gig at FCC – The Mansion on Saturday. Moi Tiet! was formed in 2013 by songwriter Scott – in an effort to put the full force of a band behind his catchy original compositions. The current line-up – their third – includes an all-French rhythm section of Adrien Gayraud (CSP, Kok Thlok, Riverside Raybans) on bass and newcomer Anthony Armenti on drums. Pavel Ramirez (Bacano, Mekong Messengers) plays lead guitar, backed up by original members Chuck Erz (Musikero) and Scott on rhythm guitars. Bywater is confident that the band is getting better and better: “We’ve taken a bit of time to work on arrangements this time around, and it’s paying off.” Any band creating their own original music is a good thing!
Look out, Antti's about – pic: Antti Siitonen Facebook
Hard-hitting drummer Antti Siitonen will be behind the drum kit with The Jumping Jacks on two separate occasions this weekend. The Finnish dynamo is expanding his percussive activity from one band to two – having impressed many with his antics in rock trio Road to Mandalay. The 'Amazing Antti' will be on duty with the rockabilly reprobates on Friday at Bassac Lanes and on Saturday at Sharky Bar.
Jazz guitarist Hironobu Saito will join keyboardist Metta Legita at D22 in the Phnom Penh Tower on Sunday evening – for a special performance to mark the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The expert players will be remembering those tragically affected by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Check out the video below to hear a sample of the music of Hironobu Saito.

The charitable organisation Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE) is currently reaching out to bands and artists wishing to be involved in an event to take place on the 1st and 2nd of April at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. The annual fundraising event presents an opportunity for local bands to perform in front of an audience of thousands. To find out more, contact Fabien Dutasta at PSE (+855 12 902 584, fabien.dutasta@pse.ngo).

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


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