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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 17th November 2016

Rocking all over the world: Gonzalo Rodino. Pic: itsmykindofscene

Gonzalo Rodino exemplifies the wonderfully international nature of the Phnom Penh music scene. Born in Buenos Aries, Argentina, this talented singer-guitarist spent his teens in Brisbane, Australia. Recently relocated to the Kingdom of Wonder, Gonzalo plays Americana and Rockabilly music originating in The Southern United States, and alternative country music emanating from the East Coast/New York area. Just to mix things up a little bit more, he also sings Spanish-language songs from the ultra-hip Mexican surf-garage-rockabilly scene of recent years. This potent cocktail of musical influences will be available for imbibement at Farm to Table early Friday evening. Sounds very cool indeed!

Later on Friday, a new Miss Sarawan iteration will take the stage at Jazz Club Phnom Penh. For this outing, the diminutive Cambodian diva will partner up with expert house players Sebastien Adnot (upright bass) and Toma Willen (drums) as part of the Miss Sarawan Jazz Club Quintet. Expect the regular Sarawan program of classic Ros Sereysothea and Pan Ron vocal stylings, augmented by a classic jazz band sound.



Mestizo ‘Jungle Bar’ has again pulled off a coup in securing the services of a renowned international performer for a weekend gig in an off-the-beaten-track venue in the backstreets of Phnom Penh. Mestizo - on Street 95, near Street 466, off Monivong Boulevard - can be a little hard to find for first-time (or second-time) visitors, but patience and perseverance are rewarded at a bijou music venue with consistently excellent and interesting performances. It will be well worth the extra couple of dollars in a tuk-tuk to get to Mestizo on Saturday for Tomawok - a skilled ‘raggamuffin’ MC from France with an Apache-Indian aesthetic! Check out the video above for a preview of his original music.

Angkor Rock - Sangvar Day. pic: Steve Porte

Up in Siem Reap on Saturday, Laundry Bar will continue to support original and interesting music of Cambodian origin with a mouth-watering double bill of rock bands. Sangvar Day headline the show with support from Batbangers. The gig is the Temple-town launch party for Sangvar’s newly-released set of songs - entitled ‘National Anthems’ - which was itself recorded at 60 Road Studios, Siem Reap. Within an entertainment scene dominated by the tourist-trap establishments of Pub Street (where a densely-packed strip of bars compete with one another to determine which of them can produce the loudest and most annoying noise pollution) Laundry Bar is one of the only outposts for great live music in the city. Rock on!


The Water Festival (this year with added ‘Super Moon’!) marked the end of the holiday-filled, productivity-prejudicing period of time between late September and mid-November. With all that out of the way we can start to look forward to what is referred to by some in Cambodia as the ‘high season’ - with an increased number of bands and venues cropping up to keep us all entertained. When interesting gigs begin to appear on Mondays and Tuesdays… you know something good is going on. This Monday at Good Times Bar in Phnom Penh, the esteemed Mr Scott Bywater will be leading an acoustic session in honour of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan. As always, keep abreast of the Leng Pleng Gig Guide via our web, mobile app, and Facebook pages to find out what’s happening.



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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