Monday, November 12, 2012


The Chamroeun sisters, Sophea (left) and Sopheak

The up-til-now elusive band, Krom will make their live debut, and in front of the TV cameras, on Saturday 17 November on CTN's Cambodia Entertainment Tonight, from 5.30pm. The band will perform three songs from their debut album, Krom - Songs from the Noir. There will also be an interview with lead female vocalist Sophea Chamroeun and just to keep it in the family, the band have added her sister, Sopheak, as a harmony vocalist. Both girls have been key members of the Cambodian Living Arts troupe for some time and are highly-regarded singers and performers in their own right.

Monument Books has been a bit quiet on the book launch front in recent weeks, so its good to hear that will be rectified on Saturday 17 November at 5pm when Benoit Duchateau-Arminjon will be on hand to launch his book, Healing Cambodia: One Child at a Time - The story of Krousar Thmey. Available in English, French and Khmer, it recounts the author's journey in setting up and developing one of the leading child welfare organizations in the country, which provides material, educational and social support to abandoned and orphaned children, street children and victims of trafficking, as well as developing Khmer Braille and Khmer sign language for use in education for blind and deaf children. A very worthy cause indeed.

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