Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Singing and storytelling

Events, events, events. I'm becoming more like LadyPenh everyday. Just a couple of quickies. There's a concert by a group calling themselves the Dumpster Chorale and they will be performing at Gasolina on Street 57 this coming Saturday (5 March) at 6.30pm. It's a fundraiser for the Center for Children's Happiness and the chorale will be the children themselves, singing in English and Khmer, led by conductor Don Williams. The center helps disadvantaged children from the rubbish dumps and streets of the capital. This Friday, the Bophana Center at 6.30pm will open a new exhibition called Voices of the Khmer Rouge which will be available on their audiovisual monitors, telling the stories of 30 former Khmer Rouge soldiers and including 43 hours of testimony. This is an attempt by two Danish filmmakers to tell the story behind the news headlines, what it was really like to be part of the Khmer Rouge for the ordinary rank and file. The stories were filmed as long ago as 2002 and are in Khmer with English subtitles. Sounds very interesting for anyone with more than a passing interest in what took place in Cambodia through the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Stop Press: Meta House will tomorrow (Wednesday) present a rare concert of ethnic Khmer music from the Isaan area of NE Thailand with the musicians of Kandrim from 8pm. The genre will be more folk and commercialized folk-rock than the music you usually hear from Cambodian-based musicians. Sounds intriguing, and it's free.

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