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Taking a musical step back in time

‘Golden age’ DJ Oro rocked Little Red Fox last month. Ros Sambol
‘Golden age’ DJ Oro rocked Little Red Fox last month. Ros Sambol

Taking a musical step back in time

Little Red Fox’s second monthly Session is on next Friday night, hosting the Siem Reap leg of the Cambodia Rocks forums focusing on Cambodia’s “golden age” rock ‘n’ roll scene.

Adam Rodwell, co-owner and boss-barista of the cafe, said they had been hoping to launch something like the Sessions since they opened 18 months ago.

“When we first head the music of Sinn Sisamouth, and the sounds of Cambodia in the 1960s, we knew there was something special in this culture. While planning our café, the idea of having local talent perform in our space was always on our mind.” 

The first Sessions, in April, featured DJ Oro from Phnom Penh spinning original 1960s vinyl and the launch of a special exhibition of work, Golden Years, by Sasha Constable.

“There was an amazing turnout, and the evening was a fantastic success. It was because of that that Anthony Lefferts from Cambodia Space Project got in touch, and the germ for the second Sessions was planted, connecting it with CSP’s Motown to the Mekong tour of Cambodia.”

It doesn’t stop there. “Our next two Sessions are already in the works,” said Rodwell. “We hope to continue promoting more artists of all kinds in the cafe, and on the street, from musicians to painters, to sculptures to performance art – basically anything. Our aim is to promote and feature some of the raw and refined talent this country has to offer.” 

Moderated by Wayne McCallum of the Kampot Writers & Readers Festival, the panel discussion will take place between 5pm and 7pm next Friday, May 13, before Cambodia Space Project move on to their gig at X-Bar, which kicks off at 9pm.

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