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.
On January 20, 2018, The Khmer Magic Music Bus returned to Kampong Thom Province. Musicians and students performed at the school during the day and for a large crowd of villagers at night. Deyka’s video captured the sights and sounds of The Bus on the road.
With the help of Betsy Cohen and The Khmer Magic Music Bus, Ya Rath made his first visit to Cambodia. Ya, a remarkable young Cambodian-American from Lowell Massachusetts, was taught to play traditional Khmer instruments by his father.
It was a remarkable trip for both Ya and the Cambodian people he met in Phnom Penh, Kampot, Siem Reap, and at Arn’s home. Of course there was music everywhere.
Before heading to WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) in the United Kingdom, The Khmer Magic Music Bus traveled to Siem Reap.
On July 6 musicians performed at the King Road Restaurant to promote Tree Planting in Kralanh District.
On July 7 The KMMB helped plant 300 trees. You can see all the action in Deyka’s video.