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Art of faCt: An Interview with praCh

Art of faCt: An Interview with praCh S H A R O N M A Y Called by Asiaweek "Cambodia's first rap star," praCh uses his music and lyrics to connect younger and older generations, Cambodia and America. Born in Cambodia in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime, he and his family left when he was an infant. They eventually settled in the large Cambodian community in Long Beach, California. In 2000, when he was twentyone, he recorded his first album in his parents' garage for the Khmer New Year celebration. Without his knowledge, the cd made its way across the Pacific to Cambodia, and a pirated version--which omitted his name-- became the number-one album in the country. His work combines traditional Khmer musical forms and instrumentation with the hip-hop beat and unflinching directness of American street rap. He has been featured in Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and New York Post and on Frontline, commercial television, and Voice of America. This interview was conducted by telephone in September 2003. SM Can you talk about the meaning of your name in Khmer? P The meaning of praCh is "advisor to the king" or "person who talks a lot." But my parents didn't name me praCh http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Art of faCt: An Interview with praCh

Manoa , Volume 16 (1)

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S H A R O N M A Y Called by Asiaweek "Cambodia's first rap star," praCh uses his music and lyrics to connect younger and older generations, Cambodia and America. Born in Cambodia in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime, he and his family left when he was an infant. They eventually settled in the large Cambodian community in Long Beach, California. In 2000, when he was twentyone, he recorded his first album in his parents' garage for the Khmer New Year celebration. Without his knowledge, the cd made its way across the Pacific to Cambodia, and a pirated version--which omitted his name-- became the number-one album in the country. His work combines traditional Khmer musical forms and instrumentation with the hip-hop beat and unflinching directness of American street rap. He has been featured in Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and New York Post and on Frontline, commercial television, and Voice of America. This interview was conducted by telephone in September 2003. SM Can you talk about the meaning of your name in Khmer? P The meaning of praCh is "advisor to the king" or "person who talks a lot." But my parents didn't name me praCh

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