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PBS Frontline 4/03/02Prach Ly, 23, a Cambodian-American rapper from
Long Beach, California, cut his first CD,
Dalama: The End'n' Is Just the Beginnin', in his parents'
garage. He didn't have a mixing board??he used
a karaoke machine and sampled sound bites from
old Khmer Rouge propaganda speeches to create
what he calls an "autobiography," reciting stories
he'd heard from his refugee family to deliver a
blistering history lesson about Cambodia's genocide....
Ramtin V. Moghaddam At this point Prach Ly was very frustrated and his only way out
of his frustration was, to shout his message through a microphone.
At age 21, he started rapping to young Cambodians about the
nightmares that was going on in their countries, about feelings
and emotions that have not been released out of their bodies...
Prach Ly is still working on his music and songs writing. Currently
he is working on this project that he calls it Dalama. He made up
this name out of the mixture of "Dalai Lama", "deliemma", and a
little bit of "trauma." His CD will be called ' Dalama..." the Lost Chapter."
He is planning to get his CD ready for March 3, 2003.
Good luck Prach Ly, we feel you and we are with you.
|Low-budget rap-cd over Rode Khmer-genocide succes in Cambodja,.....|
The occupying Vietnamese finally left in 1991, and a state of
uneasy normalcy has existed in Cambodia since then.
Free elections have been held, though they've been
rife with corruption. Pol Pot died in 1998, but his bloody
legacy still has an effect on the people's psyche. Parents aren't
emotionally strong enough to explain to their kids what
happened to relatives? or why they're having constant
nightmares themselves. Students aren't taught much about
the Khmer Rouge years in school, either, which some
attribute more to a forgive-and-forget Buddhist culture
than to an overt whitewashing of historical truths.
A generation born after the Khmer Rouge era is growing
up with only a vague knowledge of that period,
their curiosity especially piqued whenever they
feel something being hidden from them.
And so it was that a 23-year-old Nike-wearing,
knowledge-dropping rapper from
Long Beach became a Cambodian superstar.....