Weekly Wrap – Commencing Thursday the 21st July 2016

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Kampot Rock!

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Kampot Playboys
will tonight play their first gig in the capital for three months
– at Duplex on Street 278. Phnom
Penh gig-goers have missed their unique Cambodian-rock fusion sound,
which meshes together a
high-energy rock rhythm section with ‘Khmer
Violin’, folk accordion and skanking electric guitar! The
Playboys repertoire is comprised of decades-old ‘lost’ Cambodian rock
songs, some traditional songs and many original compositions. The
band always
put on a rocking show, but
tonight’s performance at the ‘Duplex Taverne Belge’ may reach
particularly high spirits – as today is Belgian National Day.

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Listen
to Kampot Playboys live tracks via Soundcloud
Why worry? Mr
laid-back:
Diego is back in town… pic: supplied
Diego ‘El Gypsy’
Dimarques
will
be back in Phnom Penh this weekend. The
charismatic Gypsy-Flamenco singer-guitarist
– who has been living and performing in Siem Reap for some time –
will be at D22
(Phnom Penh Tower) on Friday and at Mao’s
Club
on
Saturday. Diego
is one of those relaxed, personable performers who ‘makes it look
easy’ with
languid, silky Spanish guitar lines
and
earthy, soulful vocals. Don’t
miss the chance to see a master of his craft.
More
Latin lines on Saturday
from new arrival Norman
King

– a
tenor saxophonist from the UK, recently resident in Thailand. Norman
has, fortunately for us, decided that Koh Samui will have to do
without his formidable sax skills (…and
flute! and clarinet!).
The
Kingdom of Smiles’ loss is the Kingdom of Wonder’s gain, as Phnom
Penh welcomes another world-class musician into the fold (Cambodia’s
more ‘welcoming’ visa conditions
may have something to do with it). Catch
Norman King
performing with Sabor
Latin Trio
at
new city venue Mestizo
on Saturday night.
Rocking on:
JADmeister appear regularly at Sharky Bar – pic: Jim Heston
Scott Bywater
will be bringing his acoustic trio to Sharky
Bar

on Friday night. Chuck
Villar

(cajon/percussion) and Adrien
Gayraud

(bass guitar) accompany ‘Scoddy’ (vocals/guitar) for
a set comprised mostly of original material. The trio is a more
mellow alternative to the full-scale, electric-guitar dominated rock
band format of Bywater’s Moi
Tiet
(who will appear at Oscar’s this Saturday).
Sharky Bar
has
continued to operate as
‘Indochina’s
longest-running rock’n’roll bar’

since the tragic
loss,
in
May, of
their
principal
partner
Michael
‘Big Mike’ Hsu
.
Since
then, it
has been largely
business-as-usual with
regard to having live music at
the bar three
nights per week (band on Friday, band on Saturday, open jam on
Sunday) – albeit
accompanied
with
slightly
less
‘Big
Mike’-style
fanfare and hype than
we were used to!
Also,
the
Sharky
music policy has become a little less experimental, with
the program comprising
of classic
rock and blues (Chi-Town
Players
,
JADmeister,
Pavel
Ramirez
)
and pop covers
(Euphoria,
Metro
Band
).
Bywater’s
evening of original songs will be a welcome departure from the norm,
and the bar are also planning a Battle
of The Bands

event
for August (to
take part, contact Alex via Lioha-h@mail.ru).

The
unique and original sounds of Krom
have
recently been put forward for the Grammy Awards nominations. Krom,
via their U.S.-based label Musik
& Film
,
are
entered into the Best World Music Album category for ‘Mekong Delta
Blues’ and the Song of the Year category for ‘Lil Suzy’
(http://musikandfilm.com/musik-and-film-records-nominates-cambodia-band-krom-for-grammy/).
Check out the video below for an introduction to the music of Krom.

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

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