|Bloco Malagasy beating the drum in Cambodia - pic: Coconut Water website|
Ten drummers of Bloco Malagasy will be marching through Battambang today. The Madagascan musical troupe will be performing at La Maison Wat Kor tonight (Thursday) and at various locations in Battambang over the next few days. Bloco Malagasy will be spreading good vibes and good music in Phnom Penh from the 29th February – with a performance at Farm to Table on Tuesday the 1st March. The ten female percussionists who make up the travelling group are on a month-long tour of The Kingdom – 'beating the drum for responsible tourism' (Coconut Water website). Be sure to catch them and be sure to bring your dancing shoes!
Another multifarious and much-missed group will be taking to the stage on Saturday night. Kheltica will be back in force at La Creperie in Phnom Penh – with their usual compliment of guitars, violins, flute, percussion and piano. This band of expats from various continents play lively and bracing Celtic music. This Saturday will see their first gig for a little while and the debut of a new singer - Séamus MacDubhglas – who is (unlike the rest of the group) actually from Ireland!
A special charity event will be taking place on 'Golden' Street 278 this Saturday. Venues Top Banana, Duplex and Club Love have teamed up with a host of live performers to put on a street party for P.S.E. (Pour un Sourire d'Enfant – Cambodia). 'Eleven hours of craziness' are promised, including live painting, breakdancing and firedancing alongside some great bands and DJs. Conrad Keely and his band will headline – playing songs from his recently released solo record and tracks by his 'regular' band ...Trail of Dead. Conrad – together with Henrik Rasmussen (drums), Mark Chattaway (bass) and Julius Bjornson (violin) – played an intense and powerful set at The Exchange last Saturday in support of Dengue Fever (that's a band, not an NGO). A jam-packed house of hundreds were treated to a full-on, hour-long set. Mark Chattaway will also be playing the 'Golden' Street party on Saturday with The Kampot Playboys. Many, many more great acts will also be appearing – check the listings below for full details.
There are certainly a lot of very creative music events happening in Phnom Penh over the next few days. Scott Bywater, Warren Daly, Hal FX and Chhan Dina convene at Meta House on Saturday for a special multi-media performance featuring 'mixed soundscapes, poetry and visual wonders'. The show, entitled The Beta Experiments, is a preview of Performance Experiments 01 – scheduled to take place at the same venue next month.
Mezcal Jazz Unit is a dynamic band of modern jazz players from Montpelier in the South of France. They have been touring the world since 1986. The band have collaborated and recorded with musicians in Eastern Europe, Asia, India and Africa. The Mezcal quartet – comprising of Christophe, Emmanuel, Daniel and Jean-Marie – are currently visiting Cambodia. The band will be performing with musicians of Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) at two special concerts in Phnom Penh – on Friday at The Institut Francais du Cambodge and on Saturday at the National Museum. Check out the video below to find out what happened when Mezcal Jazz Unit and Alex Scarpati (trombone) performed with CLA musicians at the Music Art School in Siem Reap last week.
Whatever you're up to over the next few days... stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!