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Art & Culture Blog Siem Reap  - February 8, 2017

Here’s what we’re looking forward to at ChubMet Music & Art Festival 2017

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We’ve gathered a selection of the artists we think you shouldn’t miss during this year’s festival! For the full list of events check out the ChubMet website here.

Channthy Cha-Cha; Friday February 17, 2017

Fronted by Channthy from Cambodian Space Project, this rocking new Phnom Penh band brings some funky sounds to the Kandal Village Opening Party.

Kak Channthy is bringing to the stage a hot new act featuring a group of cracking young professional Khmer musicians (and a token barang) to play old favourites, things you never heard, new original songs and great Cambodian dancing music.

Power without the bombast, style with substance: the charisma and energy of Channthy shines through, channelling the spirits of her heroes Pen Ron, Tina Turner Online and Amy Whinehouse to re-invent her stage persona as a strong, independent woman with something to say.

Catch Channthy Cha-Cha on the main stage at the Kandal Village Opening Party;

Kong Nay; Village Cafe; Friday February 17 and Saturday February 18, 2017

Cambodian master musician Kong Nay is the master of a type of music known as the “Mekong Delta Blues”, some call Kong Nay the “Ray Charles of Cambodia” – a charismatic blind musician whose trademark dark glasses and pock marked smile are known all over Cambodia. Nay is renowned in Cambodia as one of the great master artists to survive the genocide of Pol Pot, during which up to 90 percent of artists perished in a purge intended to destroy a 2000-year-old culture. But it turned out the culture – and Nay – are irrepressible.

Catch Kong Nay on Friday February 17 at Village Cafe for the Giant Puppet Parade fundraiser and again Saturday February 18 at the Royal Gardens;

Nikki Nikki on Saturday February 18 at the Royal Gardens

Catch the Giant Puppet Parade and a massive concert in the Royal Gardens on Saturday 18 February 18. We’re especially looking forward to seeing Nikki Nikki. Nikki Nikki’s humble beginnings in music were via videos posted on Youtube. She began to grow her own community, before being discovered by the Songkites Project in 2014. She became famous with the iconic song “Home For Dinner”, which remains a favourite due to its timeless lyrics.

Her following single “Mine” was one of the first Cambodian tracks to hit the South East Asia music charts, while topping the Cambodian charts. It remains in the Cambodian charts to this day. “Trust Again” featuring Euan Grey, and newest single “Scorn and Triumph” continue to showcase Nikki as one of the true breakout stars of Cambodia.

Catch Nikki Nikki on Saturday February 18 at the Royal Gardens for ‘ChubMet Music & Art Festival – Giant Puppet Parade Music Stage’;


Professor Elemental on Thursday 23 February at Triangle Bar & Lounge

Oddball rapper Professor Elemental is the world’s greatest living eccentric (as awarded by the Eccentric Club of Great Britain) and is bringing his peculiar brand of hip hop to Siem Reap. Professor Elemental has created a unique neo-Victorian blend of hip hop and comedy, and is the man behind the Youtube hits, Cup Of Brown Joy and Fighting Trousers. With a heart of brass and a pair of goggles, he embodies the Victorian spirit of invention and exploration.

Catch him on Thursday 23 February at Triangle Bar and Lounge for the ‘ChubMet Urban Art & Hip Hop’ night;

Krom Monster on Friday February 24 at FCC

We’re particularly looking forward to seeing Krom Monster. DJ David Gunn, who is part of this quintet combining traditional Cambodian instruments with improvisation and experimental electronics, also performing the opening party on February 17 with an interactive set.

In May 2010, Incidental initiated a series of cultural collaborations with Khmer artists and cultural organisations. During this work, David Gunn led a six week residency with young musicians from Cambodian Living Arts, exploring the ground between traditional Khmer instruments and modern electronics.

The work resulted in the formation of Krom Monster, an experimental quintet, and the first of its kind in Cambodia – resampling traditional instruments, reworking traditional themes and blending Khmer themes with contemporary electronics, urban musics and free improvisation.

Catch Krom Monster on February 24 at FCC Siem Reap during ‘ChubMet Modern & Ancient Sounds’;

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