Sunday, October 9, 2011

Up and coming stars

Two of the younger CLA performers, both 13 years old
Some of the young and upcoming artists of the future, being coached and supported by Cambodian Living Arts, performed at Meta House tonight with a variety of classical and folk dances, music and short plays. A nice crowd had gathered and the youngsters, some in their early teens, others in their early twenties, were able to get good experience of playing in front of an audience. Most of them also had a chance to speak a little English in introducing themselves during the session entitled Young Tones of Bravery. It started with three monkeys, and went onto include a classical dance piece, the coconut folk dance, chapei, a guitarist from Kompong Chhnang and others. All very enjoyable, though not top of the range as these students are exactly that, students still learning the ropes, so this was effectively work in progress. Good nevertheless and great to see the youngsters enjoying the limelight. Earlier in the afternoon, the TVK channel had a music competition and I noticed that one of the entrants was Sophea Chamroeun, herself a product of the Cambodian Living Arts stable, who is a regular with the Children of Bassac group and at Chayyam restaurant. I caught her singing and dancing the cha-cha-cha.
Three classical dancers from CLA and I believe members of Children of Bassac
The team getting ready for their coconut folk dance routine
Sophea Chamroeun appears in a televised TVK music competition

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