2018 is indeed a special year for live music in the Kingdom.
Music goers have witnessed high quality performances from both amazing mainstay acts and exciting visiting artists. Last January, Los Panas has given us a taste of authentic Latin music by showcasing groovy bachata, salsa, and merengue tunes and just recently, Miserable Man has entertained us with his energetic, catchy reggae and old school ska tunes and an awesome rendition of Radiohead’s Creep.
This week, we are graced with the finest musical acts in town. Starting off, we have Cuba’s Dairon’s Havana Kings who will be performing upbeat Latin tunes at LF Social Club this Friday. The dynamic quintet will be featuring songs ranging from romantic Cuban classics to dance-y pop tunes from world-renowned artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Michel Telo. Aside from the group’s entertaining frontman, audiences should definitely watch out for Andrey Meshcheryakov’s powerful bass lines, Metta Legita’s sensational piano solos, and Aymen Ghali’s dramatic melodic passages. These same fantastic musicians are also part of various musical groups playing gypsy jazz, standard jazz classics, and of course their own
inspired original music. This concert is surely for both the laid back live music goer who enjoys dissecting a song’s instrumentation and rhythm and the merry individual who defines a great night by dancing with a friend or lover.
But before heading to LF Social Club for perhaps a night of drinks and dance, one can enjoy a healthy dinner and a fresh fruit mango shake while listening to the ethereal music of Carrie Herbert at Farm to Table.
Another pride of Latin America, Pavel Ramirez, is someone to look forward to as the Institut Francais du Cambodge is having a special event that features Blues, Pop, and Latin tunes. His song list comprises of music from Juanes, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Beatles, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Pavel is no stranger in the PP live scene, and like the aforementioned instrumentalists, he has regularly collaborated with equally creative musicians such as Scott Bywater, Colin Grafton, and Keiko Kitamura.
And speaking of creative artists, the one and only Vartey Ganiva will be featuring energetic and bold music at Alchemy this Friday. This underrated strong front act is continuing to break boundaries and dismantle gender stereotypes with her honest lyricism and exciting sound. The rock music she delivers absolutely has soul, and her authenticity indeed resonates . Backing her up are the exhilarating musicians Danzo, Aaron Silverman and Jesse. Peers from the music scene appreciate the positive influence and inspiration she continues to bring to the younger generation of Cambodians.
Another female singer gracing the stage of Bassac Lane with her sweet and soulful voice is Intan Andriana. Accompanied by the amazing Sebastian Adnot and enigmatic Nono Mckay, she will be showcasing jazz standards from the 30’s and 40’s which will surely bring the groovy swing dancers back to the Lane.
2018 is undeniably the best year yet for live music in the Penh, as performances just keep getting better and musicians continually redefine and refine their sound. With so much inspiration and energy amongst artists, Phnom Penh is ready for more musicians who make their own lyrics, their own music. The city has been blessed with the beautiful melodies of Scott Bywater, Metta Legita, Carrie Herbert, and Miss Sarawan, the rhythmic and powerful music of Dub Addiction, Sangvar Day, Nightmare A.D. and Hypnotic Fist Technique, and the sincere and socially conscious songs of Vibratone. If you are a regular live music goer, or just happened to chance upon this website, may this be a starting point for you to find meaning in the unique and beautiful narratives of these artists and the artists that are yet to come out of their shells.
Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!