The Khmer Magic Music Bus

Restoring Cambodia's rich musical heritage, one village at a time.

Our Misson

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.

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Our Method

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.

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Fulbright Scholars on The Bus

In July, The Khmer Magic Music Bus welcomed a group of teachers from the Fulbright Scholar Program at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts. Traveling to Arn Chorn Pond’s home on July 14, the group got a taste of the work being done to preserve the traditional arts in a post-conflict society.

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On July 19th,The Bus picked them for a tour of 60 Road Studios in Siem Reap and a first-hand look at the power of music in Phum Kna, Master Man Men’s village near the temples of Angkor.

 

Deyka’s video captures the sights and sounds on The Bus and in the villages.

Thank you Dona Cady for bringing this group to Cambodia.

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Celebrating a New School in Kampot Province

Many thanks to Sasstra Keo for bringing The Khmer Magic Music Bus to Tropeang Trokeat Temple in Kampot Province to perform fort the opening of a new school in his village on May 22, 2016.

Listen to the Tro, the Chapei, and the Sneng as the musicians and people of Angkor Chey District celebrate in Deyka’s video.

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A Benefit for The Bus in Lowell

DSC01033Thanks to Kowith Kret and Jeff Dyer for organizing this event in Lowell to promote the work of The Bus in Cambodia. It was a gracious welcome to Lowell’s Cambodian community and, as always, the music of Phanit, Chanthy and Sinat transported us to the temples of Angkor and the forests around Phnom Kulen.

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The video cannot do it justice, but listen and watch Chanthy’s circular breathing on the flute and Phanit’s delicate sound of the heart on the kse diev.

We appreciate your support for the artists in Cambodia as they work to rebuild their culture as they teach and perform in the countryside.