Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 8th February 2018

This week the Cambodian music scene sees some heavyweight musos launching salvos at a venue near you.

One of the best percussionists you will ever hear: Daniel Licero and Los Panas are in PP for the next few weeks.

Los Panas came to Cambodia for a one-month residency at Jazz Club Elite, but stayed to show Phnom Penh what Latin music is all about. The physically irresistible sound of authentic Salsa, Cumbia, Bachata and Son leaves no dance floor empty. Daniel, Monchi and Jose-Luis have just a few more weeks of gigs in Cambodia and you can enjoy their excellent stage show tonight (Thursday) at Samai Distillery.

Craig Greenberg has spent the last few weeks working his solo piano chops at Equinox Kampot, generating many a sing-a-long and rave review. The songwriter from New York City hits Phnom Penh for a brace of gigs this weekend, before flying back to his usual piano bar and showcase performances in The Big Apple. Catch him at Farm to Table this Friday and at Alchemy on Saturday night to experience an entertaining and literary writer and performer reminiscent of East-Coast greats like Billy Joel and Paul Simon. Click here to read the Leng Pleng Q&A with Craig Greenberg

Talented toaster Kaztet Dee will be making the short trip over from Saigon this weekend for a brief tour of his former Phnom Penh stomping grounds. Kaztet, under his label/promotions name Wat a Gwaan has a fantastic knack of pulling in fresh and formidable talents to his live gigs – bringing French vocalists Gringoo Riginal and Puppa Dready to Phnom Penh for a pool party performance at Tusk House this Sunday afternoon. While live gigs at Tusk have recently been halted due to some noise issues with neighbours (the owners of Tusk are planning a brand new alternative live music venue in a different location), this cheeky daytime DJ/MC reggae session should prove a welcome exception to the rule.

“The title track features young rap trio Khmer Pride. The concept of the Music Video, taking place in Phnom Penh’s Prokout Fitness & Fight Center, was initially planned for an earlier 12ME film, but ditched on the day of production when the artist realised that a beer advertisement had just been launched on Cambodian television with exactly the same concept. French ‘Kun Khmer’ fighter Derek represents the rapper 12ME. Mehdi smiles when he notes that the Cambodian video director made sure to open with a shot of the Barang fighter being knocked down by his Cambodian counterpart.”

Leng Pleng was privileged to visit the home studio of Mehdi ‘12ME’ Benabdessadok last week for a preview listen of his soon-to-be-released album ‘Oh Kampuchea’. To say we were impressed by what we heard would be an understatement. Details coming soon of how to get your hands on a copy of this groundbreaking album – in the meantime, read our track-by-track Leng Pleng preview.

 

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

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Joe Wrigley

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