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Cambodian Space Project in Session

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 14 October 2011

Lopa Kothari with the psychedelic sounds of the Cambodian Space Project in session. Based in Phnom Penh, The Cambodian Space Project are fronted by the charismatic Srey Thy and made up of Australian, French and Cambodian musicians who relive the glory days of 1960s Cambodian rock and roll, mixing psych with surf and Cambodian pop. Plus new world music releases.

From the band's official biography:
The Cambodian Space Project formed back in 2009 when Julien Poulson, an Australian musician and film producer, was in Phnom Penh looking for Cambodian musicians to work with. He stumbled across lead vocalist Srey Thy singing in a karaoke bar and was instantly taken with her. A couple of months later she was part of a band and The Cambodian Space Project was born.

Up until that point life had been far from easy for Thy. Born into a poor family in the poverty stricken region of Prey Veng, she began singing in local restaurants at an early age. Thy left home at the age of 18, heading to Phnom Penh in search of a better life, but while there she was kidnapped and nearly forced into a sex trafficking ring. Left tied to a bed with electrical wires around her wrist for hours, an unknown woman freed her and gave her $2.50. Thy fled.

Following this defining moment in her life, Thy went on to work odd jobs when and where she could, sending money back to her parents and her young son as often as possible. She now uses her new found fame in the region to raise awareness of human trafficking in Cambodia through workshops and public talks.

Music Played

24 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • BBC Studio Session - Cambodian Space Project

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      Cambodian Space Project Chnam Oun Dop Pram Mouy (I'm Sixteen)

      Performers: Srey Thy (vocals) Julien Poulson (Electric guitar, hand bells) Scott Bywater (Acoustic Guitar, harmonica) George London (Bass) Yus "Bong" Sak (drums, percussion)

      BBC Studio Session, Friday 9th September 2011

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    Nsista Axe Moyugba

    Moyugba, 189 MHz, www.nsista.net

  • Image for Lucy and The Popsonics

    Lucy and The Popsonics Biff Bang Pop

    Fred Astaire, monstro, monstro 132

  • Image for Eduardo Rangel

    Eduardo Rangel 3416 Dc

    Estudio, Abra Video, ER 12987

  • Image for The Very Best ft. Baloji

    The Very Best ft. Baloji Super Mom (remix)

    Free Download, http://soundcloud.com/theverybest/

  • Image for Kiran Ahluwalia ft. Tamikrest

    Kiran Ahluwalia ft. Tamikrest Mustt Mustt

    Aam Zameen : Common Ground, Kiran Music, KM-2011

  • BBC Studio Session - Cambodian Space Project

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      Cambodian Space Project Bang Bang

      Performers: Srey Thy (vocals) Julien Poulson (Electric guitar, hand bells) Scott Bywater (Acoustic Guitar, harmonica) George London (Bass) Yus "Bong" Sak (drums, percussion)

      BBC Studio Session, Friday 9th September 2011

    • Image for Cambodian Space Project

      Cambodian Space Project Mean Visa Kmean Bai (Have Visa, No Have Rice)

      Performers: Srey Thy (vocals) Julien Poulson (Electric guitar, hand bells) Scott Bywater (Acoustic Guitar, harmonica) George London (Bass) Yus "Bong" Sak (drums, percussion)

      BBC Studio Session, Friday 9th September 2011

  • Image for Aziz Sahmaoui

    Aziz Sahmaoui Ana Hayou

    Aziz Sahmaoui and the University of Gnawa, Socadisc, GP005

  • Image for Compaore Issouf

    Compaore Issouf Dambakale

    Bambara Mystic Soul - the raw sound of Burkina Faso 1974-79, Analog Africa, AACD 070

  • Image for Neema

    Neema Beautiful Surprise

    Dawn, Africa Unsigned, NOON2011014

  • BBC Studio Session - Cambodian Space Project

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      Cambodian Space Project Not Easy Rock n Roll

      Performers: Srey Thy (vocals) Julien Poulson (Electric guitar, hand bells) Scott Bywater (Acoustic Guitar, harmonica) George London (Bass) Yus "Bong" Sak (drums, percussion)

      BBC Studio Session, Friday 9th September 2011

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      Cambodian Space Project Whiskey Cambodia / Baby Lady Boy

      Performers: Srey Thy (vocals) Julien Poulson (Electric guitar, hand bells) Scott Bywater (Acoustic Guitar, harmonica) George London (Bass) Yus "Bong" Sak (drums, percussion)

      BBC Studio Session, Friday 9th September 2011

  • Image for Charlie Parr

    Charlie Parr Hogkill Blues

    Cheap Wine, tinangel, TAR023

  • Image for Kono Michi

    Kono Michi Animal in the Sky

    My Monster EP, www.konomichimusic.com

  • Image for Kidnap Alice

    Kidnap Alice Chilly Winds

    Beginners Guide To Hoedown, Nascente, NSBOX075

  • Image for Brothers of Brazil

    Brothers of Brazil Vanity Funk

    Brothers of Brazil, SideOneDummy Records, SD1455-2

  • Image for Varsjarbandalagio

    Varsjarbandalagio Hundrinn

    Russian Bride, TUTL, 885686933992

  • Image for Arun Ghosh

    Arun Ghosh Caliban's Revenge

    Primal Odyssey, Camoci Records, CAMOCI002

  • Image for Roberto Stephenson

    Roberto Stephenson Buzina Maria Fumaca

    Olha de Pife, Carlos Mills Brasil, 7041428

  • Image for Cacai Nunes

    Cacai Nunes Invergada

    O Avesso, Um Brasil de Viola, UMBV-001

  • Image for Boubacar Traoré

    Boubacar Traoré Mondeou

    The Womeximizer 11, Womex Selection, CD-WOMEX11

  • Image for Menwar

    Menwar Melodi La Mer

    Beginners Guide To African Blues, Nascente, NSBOX078

  • Image for Jagjit Singh

    Jagjit Singh Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho

    Ghazals from films - Jagjit Chitra Singh, EMI, CD-PMLP 5069

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