Between all the love songs rippling through the charts in Cambodia, rock music has not yet found its place. Aggressive music must have a hard time in a harmony-addicted culture. But the guys have that certain something - business sense. Thanks to good PR the well-heeled Expat community became interested in them. Since then, they rock one large party after another and earn a little money.
This business sense goes so far, that I met some band members during an appointment with the spokesman of the ministries. They came to sing some of those Cambodian love songs. When they started to play, I realized: Who loves and masters his instrument, can turn equally rock, pop or kitsch into a musical experience.
Softer is the music of the Cambodian Space Project. Singer Chanthy Kak became cult for the Expat scene. If they play, the revenue for the bar owner is guaranteed. While the frontwoman once did small time in the bars of Phnom Penh, animating her customers to drink more beer, she today travels through the concert halls of the world. She is supported by musicians of different nationalities, that helped the fame of the band.
The Cambodian Space Project revamps ancient Cambodian songs and gives them a charm, that the Cambodian karaoke songs often lack of. Those who manage to get used to the first oblique sounds of the Khmer language, will fall for the catchy tunes of the Cambodian Space Project.
Friday: Sliten6ix und Six String
Saturday: The Cambodian Space Project
EQUINOX (Saturday, 21h)
Sliten6ix, Anti-Fate, The Schkoots