Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thida Buth Mam and she's the mother of Laura Mam, the lead singer of The Like Me's, who've just flown into Phnom Penh from California for a series of concerts. You can read all about Thida's life story in the two books written about her and her family by JoAn Criddle, To Destroy You Is No Loss and Bamboo & Butterflies. It was a great pleasure to finally meet her after email correspondence over the last couple of years and to find out more about this fascinating, strong-willed woman, who is in Cambodia with her sisters to support Laura and the band as they take their first music steps in the country of her birth. There's so much more to say about Thida and I hope we can hook up again after the band's visit to Siem Reap to find out how the trip went. You can catch The Like Me's at Northbridge School, up in Siem Reap at the Tribute concerts, at FCC and then back in Phnom Penh at Parkway. There's also word that another gig in the city will happen before they leave these shores on 6 March. If you get the opportunity, go and see the band for yourself. And track down a copy of To Destroy You for an insight into this remarkable lady.