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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 11th August 2016

One erudite and accomplished singer-songwriter will be making a stop in the Kingdom of Wonder this week. Dragonfly Collector is the solo project of Anglophilic Filipino songwriter Clementine, arriving at Showbox for a special show on Friday night. Clementine has achieved major success in the Philippines since 1999 with his bands Oranges and Lemons and The Camerawalls and set up his own independent record label, Lilystars Records, in 2008. His music is in the Beatles-centric vein of British songwriters like Ian Broudie and Mick Head, and Clementine projects the vulnerability of a sensitive artistic soul such as Elliott Smith or Morrissey. Check out the excellent Dragonfly Collector website for lots more info, sounds, and videos.

Clementine is at Showbox on Friday
Superb trumpet player Steve Cannon is back in town this week with a short series of concerts at selected venues. The highlight could well turn out to be the Friday date at Chinese House when the music industry veteran from Southern California trades lines with one of the best classical, jazz and pop players in the country - Bunhong Cheak. Saxophonist and clarinettist Bunhong will be polishing his alto for a performance of jazz and Asian standards, backed by the ever-strong duo of Lewis Pragasam and Phil Javelle.

A real rock'n'roll music room – pic: Jim Heston
It has been nearly five months since the drummer, band-leader and bar-owner known simply as 'Oscar' opened his new live music space 'On The Corner' of Street 13 and Street 104. During a tough 'low season' that has seen audiences at other venues dwindle, Oscar's purpose-built, late night rock'n'roll bar has flourished. With a little help from his friends (Scott Bywater and a rotating cast of loyal house musicians), Oscar has managed to strike just the right balance to succeed in attracting customers night after night. There is a resident house band – but the players and the repertoire change daily. There is a different local 'barang' band most weekends – but when the feature band have finished their set, a group of first-class Cambodian musicians is waiting in the wings to blow the room away with some Khmer rock'n'roll. There are hostesses – Oscar's On The Corner is manifestly a 'girly bar' – but the atmosphere is friendly and non-intimidating. If Oscar never quite achieved this balance at his larger, former venue Oscar 51, and the original Oscar Bar has always been too small, then by jove he has got it right at Oscar's On The Corner and all credit to him. Oscar, the Phnom Penh music scene needs you!

Everybody plays harder at Oscar's! The Kampot Playboys - pics: Steve Porte

Back in March, two of the finest and most original rock bands in Cambodia – The Kampot Playboys and Bob Passion & The Schkoots – opened up the new Oscar's On the Corner venue with a loud and celebratory bang. The Playboys will return to Oscar's this Saturday for another rip-roaring set of Khmer rock fusion. If you have not caught the 'boys set before... expect loud and compelling music, sweat dripping from the walls of a crowded house and large quantities of ice-cold Cambodian lager consumed. And remember: the best rock band in Phnom Penh live in Kampot!


Cambodia Rocks is the title of the first official recording release by the exuberant Batbangers. The EP combines two recent tracks with demos recorded by the band last year. Check out the link above to support original Cambodian music written and performed by the young five-piece band from Battambang, recorded and produced at 60 Road Studios, Siem Reap. Rock on, Batbangers!

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

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