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Cambodian Space Project in Session

Lopa Kothari presents the psychedelic sounds of the Cambodian Space Project in session. Based in Phnom Penh, the group relives the glory days of 1960s Cambodian rock and roll.

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.

2 hours

Last on

Fri 14 Oct 2011 23:00

Music Played

  • BBC Studio Session - Cambodian Space Project

    • 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.
  • Nsista

    Axe Moyugba

    • Moyugba.
    • 189 MHz.
    • www.nsista.net.
  • Lucy and The Popsonics

    Biff Bang Pop

    • Fred Astaire.
    • monstro.
    • monstro 132.
  • Eduardo Rangel

    3416 Dc

    • Estudio.
    • Abra Video.
    • ER 12987.
  • The Very Best ft. Baloji

    Super Mom (remix)

    • Free Download.
    • http://soundcloud.com/theverybest/.
  • Kiran Ahluwalia ft. Tamikrest

    Mustt Mustt

    • Aam Zameen : Common Ground.
    • Kiran Music.
    • KM-2011.
  • BBC Studio Session - Cambodian Space Project

    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Aziz Sahmaoui

    Ana Hayou

    • Aziz Sahmaoui and the University of Gnawa.
    • Socadisc.
    • GP005.
  • Compaoré Issouf

    Dambakale

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

    Beautiful Surprise

    • Dawn.
    • Africa Unsigned.
    • NOON2011014.
  • BBC Studio Session - Cambodian Space Project

    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Charlie Parr

    Hogkill Blues

    • Cheap Wine.
    • tinangel.
    • TAR023.
  • Kono Michi

    Animal in the Sky

    • My Monster EP.
    • www.konomichimusic.com.
  • Kidnap Alice

    Chilly Winds

    • Beginners Guide To Hoedown.
    • Nascente.
    • NSBOX075.
  • Brothers of Brazil

    Vanity Funk

    • Brothers of Brazil.
    • SideOneDummy Records.
    • SD1455-2.
  • Varsjarbandalagio

    Hundrinn

    • Russian Bride.
    • TUTL.
    • 885686933992.
  • Arun Ghosh

    Caliban's Revenge

    • Primal Odyssey.
    • Camoci Records.
    • CAMOCI002.
  • Roberto Stephenson

    Buzina Maria Fumaca

    • Olha de Pife.
    • Carlos Mills Brasil.
    • 7041428.
  • Cacai Nunes

    Invergada

    • O Avesso.
    • Um Brasil de Viola.
    • UMBV-001.
  • Boubacar Traoré

    Mondeou

    • The Womeximizer 11.
    • Womex Selection.
    • CD-WOMEX11.
  • Menwar

    Melodi La Mer

    • Beginners Guide To African Blues.
    • Nascente.
    • NSBOX078.
  • Jagjit Singh

    Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho

    • Ghazals from films - Jagjit Chitra Singh.
    • EMI.
    • CD-PMLP 5069.

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