The Khmer Magic Music Bus intends to carpet Cambodia with music by helping Cambodian master musicians and their students return traditional music performance and education to the people of rural Cambodia, one village at a time.
Our twenty-five passenger bus carries master musicians and their students to the villages of rural Cambodia so they can share the experience of listening to and learning about their musical heritage. The project directly pays Khmer artists, music/video technicians, and the bus driver as well as covering all management, planning and travel expenses for the Khmer team. All expenses during the time the bus travels in the countryside are covered by the project. The US-based team serves in a purely voluntary capacity, neither receiving nor expecting any compensation other than the pleasure taken in the joy created by The Bus in its travels.
The Khmer Magic Music Bus traveled to Yorn’s village in Kampong Thom on December 9, 2016. Carrying musicians and students from around the country, The Bus performed at Yorn’s home in Steung Saen. Watch Deyka’s video and see the joy of kids and musicians at hearing the sounds of traditional music.
Then view performance and dancing at the Thlok Pring Primary School in nearby Sandaan District.
Part 2 of this tour brings The Bus to Steung Saen District on December 10. Deyka’s next video will show performances there before an estimated crowd of 2000 people.
On November 11, 2016, The Khmer Magic Music Bus returned to the Aural Mountains. Deyka captured the joy as the musicians played for hundreds of children and adults.
Check out his video as the musicians prepare and perform.
We can’t thank you enough for your support for the people of Cambodia. With your help The Khmer Magic Music Bus continues it journey throughout Cambodia, bringing free traditional music performance and education wherever it travels. Thank you.
On October 26, The Bus traveled to Svayromead Village, near Arn’s home, for an evening performance at the Primary School. You can watch Sinat, Samnang, Savang and others perform for dozens of children in Deyka’s video.