• Cambodia: Film about Khmer Rouge regime’s music censorship

    After a decade of research, the American filmmaker John Pirozzi is telling the story of music censorship in Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s in the film ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll’, which opens at Film Forum in New York, USA, on 22 April 2015. “Through grainy clips of bell-bottomed rockers […]
  • Cambodia: Song writer Yorm Bopha released on bail

    Cambodian land rights activist and protest-song writer Yorm Bopha was released on bail on 22 November 2013, pending a re-hearing of her case by the Court of Appeal. Yorm Bopha was arrested on 4 September 2012, and subsequently convicted of “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances” under Article 218 of the Cambodian Criminal Code on 27 […]
  • Cambodia: Call to action for songwriter Yorm Bopha | PEN International

    PEN International believes the charges against Yorm Bopha, a lands rights activist and protest song writer, to be politically motivated, designed to prevent her activities on behalf of the Boeng Kak lake community. PEN is calling for her immediate and unconditional release and shows what you can do to help. Arrested on 4 September 2012, […]
  • Cambodia: Golden era of Cambodian music given its second airing

    “In 2009, Hobart-born, Phnom Penh-based rock guitarist Julien Poulson, 47, established the Cambodian Space Project. The ‘carousel’ of a band has had up to 22 singers, dancer and musicians, mostly from Cambodia, helping revive some of the music from the era, including that of the murdered artists.” “Pan Ron was the most risque of Cambodian […]
  • World-wide: Calls for censorship of ‘indecent’ songs

    SUMMARY ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## World-wide:Calls for censorship of ‘indecent’ songs Indecency is prohibited by law in many societies around the world, but where to draw the line and when to actually ban a song because it is considered indecent, profane, immoral or offending against the recognised standards of propriety… this is an on-going debate which presently […]
  • Cambodia: Ministry outlaws obscene songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cambodia:Ministry outlaws obscene songs The Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has outlawed all songs with ‘rude or obscene meanings’. According to the minister of women’s affairs, Ing Kantha Phavi, it could ‘help to reduce the number of rapes and other sex crimes in the Kingdom.’ In an interview with Phnom Penh […]
  • Cambodia: Of Sounds and Survival – Khmer music

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Cambodia:Of Sounds and Survival – Khmer music 1975-1979 was a period of genocidal censorship throughout Cambodia – the music and musicians barely survived. Today, Khmer artistic cultures are in recovery By Meredith Holmgren1975-1979 marks a period when Cambodian citizens were ruled under a most violent and oppressive regime headed by the Communist Party […]
  • PraCh

    PraCh(USA / Cambodia) ##PagePublishedLong## Born in Cambodia, but raised mostly in Long Beach, California, praCh is known as Cambodia’s first rap star. His first album reached number one in Cambodia, but was temporarily banned during election time. His music tells stories about the horror of living under Pol Pot and the ensuing hardships. On 21 […]
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