Phnom Penh’s Cultural Revival in The Guardian



I published a piece on Phnom Penh’s current cultural revival in The Guardian last week.

“Welcome to the Penh my friend, big city in the kingdom of wonder, where all the streets are numbered and when it rains it thunders, them smiles stay infectious, chaps asleep in their cyclos or pushing a Lexus.”

Thus rhymes artist Grant Massey in his ode to the Cambodian capital. Massey hails from Leicester and is one half of the Phnom Penh-based hip-hop duo Gobshite and Prolyfik (yes, you read it right – that’s Gobshite!). The other half is Chally Dang, a young Khmer who recently returned to Phnom Penh from Philadelphia, to bring, as he says, true hip-hop to Cambodia….

Read the full story here.

The photo of Preap Sovath, one of Cambodia’s most popular singers and veteran recording artist of more than 3.000 songs, was shot by Conor Wall.

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