Weekly wrap – commencing Thursday 11 March 2021


So the lights are out again across the music scene.  And this time it might be a while.  Coincidentally LengPleng’s back-end tech is refusing to cooperate, so there’s also no active gig guide links to direct you to the gigs that aren’t there.

In Phnom Penh we have little to live report apart from Major / Minor’s Thursday at Elephant Bar, Raffles Le Royale.

In Siem Reap Star Bar celebrates its two year anniversary with a show featuring The Swamp Rats and Mirblade – starts at 3.30 pm on Saturday.

And so we move back on-line.  Mimi and the Merrymakers have already resumed their weekly MimiLive shows on Facebook on Wednesdays at 5 pm for March.  And there’s rumour of other Facebook Live events in the works – LengPleng will work to keep you informed.

Speaking of on-line events, here is a concert featuring cellist and former Siem Reap resident Cecile Lacharme for your pleasure.  Thanks for the tip Brin.

Musician/artist/author Mia Priest has revamped and revitalised her YouTube channel – check in to check out her bands Nightmare AD, Blood Division and Impiety among others.

The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature

Tunes, laughs, and the smell of an oily rag: Kampot Radio

While we find ourselves staying home an awful lot these days, in sleepy Kampot, and indeed all over the world, folk are tuning in to Kampot Radio, a 24/7 internet radio station run by English expat Darryl Carter and staffed by a large team of volunteer presenters, a great community resource in these troubled times.  Darryl responded to a curious Leng Pleng’s questions about the station’s story and raison d’etre.

What was the initial inspiration for Kampot Radio? 

I used to live in Egypt and ran an internet radio station there. After their second revolution I moved to my Plan B: Cambodia. I found myself settled in Kampot pretty soon, and then after several years of bar chats began to set up Kampot Radio. In May 2017, rather than sitting around in a bar supping 50 cent beers talking ideas, we made reality happen.

Steve Porte Photo of the Week

What a difference a year makes…  The Bloody Marys at Oscar’s on the Corner, visiting Phnom Penh from Darwin for St Patrick’s Day, 14 March 2020

Let us know about any musical activities we haven’t captured:  lengplenggigs@gmail.com.

Stay safe out there, and see you eventually around the traps.

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount


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