Five Fun Facts About Cambodian Space Project That You Didn’t Know

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Five Fun Facts About Cambodian Space Project That You Didn’t Know


1. For the first ten years of her life vocalist Channthy moved around the conflict zones of Cambodia in a T53 tank with her army tank driver father, their only possession was a small transistor radio. She now tries to turn her experiences into positive and powerful stories, whether it is as a human rights advocate and a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women’s UNiTE, the campaign to end violence against women, or as a songwriter.

2. Cambodian Space Project has recently recorded its third album with Motown legend Dennis Coffey (numerous Motown hits, Blaxploitation soundtracks, Black Belt Jones, Bruce Lee theme, discovered Sixto Rodriguez). Whisky Cambodia is the first album of its kind, conceived in Cambodia, born in Detroit.

3. Nick Cave is a fan: “They’re a great band, the singer is amazing, really beautiful, the guitars really jump out at you, very affecting, great stuff.” He watched Cambodian Space Project live at Ubud Readers and Writers Festival 2012, Bali.

4. The band’s Cambodian drummer Bong Sak is a farmer whose day job involves castrating livestock. He specialises in water buffaloes.

5. Cambodian Space Project are street party regulars, they’ve played more than 16 countries around the world and love the street party vibe as they’re a great way to bring everyone in the community together for a good ol’ street level hootenanny! They once played an elephant’s 50th birthday party in Cambodia. Sambo the elephant seemed much happier with a street party vibe than an indoors event.

CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT play the Edwardes Street Party as part of the True North Festival on Saturday March 22. They will also play Federation Square on Sunday March 23, as well as Bluesfest, running in Byron Bay from Thursday April 17 – Monday April 21.