Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Golden talk

Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol finds time for a picture at Chinese House
Chinese House and the Overseas Press Club combined tonight to host a panel discussion about the golden age of Khmer music and film in the 1960s and 70s and included some of the leading lights, such as Dengue Fever, film star Dy Saveth, filmmaker Davy Chou and Srey Thy from Cambodian Space Project. In fact they don't come much more in the spotlight than Chhom Nimol, the female lead singer with Dengue Fever, who told the assembled audience about her avenue into joining the band, which has gone from strength to strength ever since. They are currently in Cambodia to play a couple of gigs, finishing off with a free concert in front of Wat Botum tomorrow night. Dy Saveth, the Brigitte Bardot of her day and one of the country's most recognisable film stars, regaled us with her memories of the golden years and her enthusiasm for today's crop of young artists, that include Srey Thy of CSP, who've been regularly gigging around Phnom Penh in recent months. At least I got to attend this event having missed last night's concert at Parkway, which everyone told me was a barnstormer of a gig. Of course it was, as I wasn't there.
This is the lovely Srey Thy from CSP, who is soon to go to Paris and maybe Australia for a working holiday
Members of the panel; Srey Thy (left), Dy Saveth (green) and Chhom Ninol (white)
Chhom Nimol during a lighter moment in the discussion
The three attending members of Dengue Fever: LtoR: Chhom Nimol, Ethan Holtzman and Paul Smith
The legendary actress Dy Saveth, who invited me for dancing lessons before realizing I had two left feet

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