July 08, 2021News / Tunes / Update
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The first cut showcases "Cambodia" by Dub Addiction, a combo of local and French, German, and Nigerian musicians, featuring Dj Khla, a political activist who is now living in exile in Europe after having fled his country because of military pressure on him and his family. He was able to escape Cambodia while on tour with Dub Addiction in Denmark.
Dub addiction is a prominent band in Cambodia, a regular staple of Phnom Penh's underground scene, and is even featured on the Rough Guide's "Psychedelic Cambodia" edition !
Their unique style combines Reggae with traditional Cambodian instruments like tro (violin), chapey (traditional Cambodian string instrument) and Roneat (xylophone), along with the toasting of Cambodian vocalists DJ Khla (Nhem Palla), MC Curly (Kosal Dang) and a variety of traditional vocalists and international MCs.
On the flip is "Phnom Penh Reggae", by another international band: Vibratone, with members from Cambodia, France, The Philippines, and Brazil, Vibratone formed in Phnom Penh in 2013 with one aim: No cover songs, strictly original creations !