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Audi International Jazz Festival showcases more local musicians in its 2nd year

This year’s Audi International Jazz Festival Phnom Penh, which took place on December 12 to 15, welcomed both international and Khmer artists to the stage for this year’s event. For the organisers, it is an opportunity to bring Jazz Music to a wider audience, including Cambodian youth, thanks to the local famous music label KlapYaHandz. This year, an exclusive night of jazz feauturing Khmer pop artists was included on the schedule to draw more Cambodians to the program. They will be performing on Thursday night. “As Jazz is still relatively unknown in Cambodia, we decided to bring it to the audience through artists they already know and love,” said Steven Gargadennec, the event’s founder and organiser. Nikki Nikki, Ma Champanha, Jimmy Kiss and Sofia Kao all took to the stage to perform jazz for the first time. “It is a great challenge for them, but their voices are perfect for this kind of music,” Gargadennec added. Photos supplied