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Khmer Post 1/25/08
The new album is definitely harder and darker than the previous albums.
Masterful lyrics draw the listener into a tortured past,
a complex present and â€" ultimately - a hopeful future.
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American Popular Music: Introduction
A land of immigrants is the perfect musical laboratory
Ask Khmer-American rapper Prach Ly, also known as “praCh,” about American popular
music and he’ll speak of growing up with Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Run DMC,
and Public Enemy on the radio and of cutting his first album in his parents’ garage.
Lacking a mixing board, Prach used a karaoke machine and sampled old
Khmer Rouge propaganda speeches for his powerful musical condemnation of the Cambodian genocide.
And readers will learn about the people who make the music,
truly American in their stunning diversity. Theirs are perhaps the most wonderful stories of all.
read more,... ( click pic )
In the Shadow of Angkor
Published twenty-five years after the defeat of the
Khmer Rouge regime, In the Shadow of Angkor captures
the resurgence of the Cambodian arts community and its
efforts to restore a rich literary heritage. In many of the works,
the artists defy the decimation of their brothers and sisters
by the Khmer Rouge, as well the attempt to erase Cambodia's
memory of its history. The range of expression is impressive:
the volume includes poetry, short story, film, rap lyrics, and
essays, plus interviews with authors and a
portfolio of photographs of Cambodia. feat : praCh
Hidden Treasures-Southeast Asian Americans in Hawai'i:|
Khmer New Year is observed by Cambodians at the end of
the harvest season. Held in the month of April, the Khmer
New Year celebration is perhaps the most important celebration
for Cambodian people, and is a tradition Cambodians in Hawai'i
have struggled to keep alive. The celebration is a two-part activity
that includes a morning Buddhist ritual ceremony and evening
cultural presentations, film showings, storytelling and traditional
games, and dance and folk music performances.
Palm Springs Sun 4/11/08
Cambodia's rap ambassador Prach Ly brings
insights on his culture to kids at Nellie Coffman
Middle School in Palm Springs on April 2.
and the Palm Spring School District.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
1st show: 8 AM - Nellie N. Coffman Middle School –
34-603 Plumley Road, Cathedral City, 92234 – 760-770-8617 –
Principal: Terri Simon – Will be performing on outdoor stage
2nd show: 11AM - Ramon Alternative Center –
2248 E. Ramon Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 – 760-778-0487 –
Asst. Principal: Jodi DeMarco – will be performing in multipurpose space
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
1st show: 8 AM - Raymond Cree Middle School –
1011 Vista Chino Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 – 760-416-8283
– Asst. Principal: Lisa Arseo – will be performing on gym stage
2nd show: 1 PM – St. Theresa’s School –
455 S. Compadre Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 – 329-4717 –
Principal: Cheryl Corey – will performing on gym stage
UW's Khmer New Year Show
New Year Celebration @ White Center
DemRaw review/preview: D3|
News flash: Prach has just turned in his passport. No more visits
to Cambodia to visit the poor, the destitute, and the corrupt.
All doors slam shut to words too real for the Killing Field.
If this is his last album, then he just slammed the book shut;
threw his passport at the face of the Khmer dignitaries and
dictators alike. Needless to say, Hun Sen will not be rolling
out his Khmer Rouge carpet to welcome the
brother back home to the motherland.