In the 1970’s, during the devastating years of the Pol Pot dictatorship, the beautiful traditions of Cambodia’s artistic community were systematically silenced. In the people’s struggle to survive starvation and brutality in the killing fields, their suppressed creative story lay dormant.Today, the arts are flourishing again, ornate costumed dancers tell their story through intricate hand movements, Khmer music floods the airwaves and the young are re-imagining their cultural music for today.
On this project you can listen to the beautiful traditional instruments, the Tro, Khim, Takhe and Roneat and experience the stories and lives of the children whose lives have been transformed through CCAMS.
The product contains a 14 track CD with 12 page booklet and a DVD which includes – a clip on Cambodia’s history – another about CCAM and their story – 5 videos of traditional Khmer dances – 3 traditional orchestra pieces – individual instruments – and a photo gallery of life at CCAMSProceeds from this product will directly support the CCAM community.
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released 21 November 2011
A Voices from the Nations production
Recorded on location in Phnom Penh and Prassat, Cambodia
Recorded, edited and produced by Martin Neil
CD tracks 3 8 9 10 13 and DVD orchestra tracks recorded at Trans World Radio studios
Tracks 1 2 4 5 6 7 11 12 14 recorded by Sophun Ty at CCAMS
Mixed by Daniel Weeks for WeeksWeeksWeeks
Mastered by Dave Aston at Digital AudioPhotography Rebekah Neil. Archive photos by Gioia Michelotti
Video recording on location Jerry Curd
DVD editing and production Jerry Curd and Nicholas Warren Hungry Earth productions
Cover Design Andy Colthart for J’HartsSpecial thanks to Gioia Michelotti and Noren Vann Kim.
To all singers, musicians and dancers at CCAM
Guest singers Sok Vouny and Diep Pisith
Sophun and Reaksmay Ty
Mom Somoeun and Yoeung Veasna at Trans World Radio
Teachers of traditional Cambodian orchestra Ke Kin and Proeng Pruon
The Long family for their wonderful hospitality in Prassat.