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    Diskoria—Making Indonesian Old School Disco Great Again!

    Meet Diskoria Selekta! The DJ duo from Jakarta is making Indonesian old school disco great again – a genre that has long been labeled as so uncool in its home country, that you could even get banned for playing it in the club. Their Suara Disco Parties are a colourful get-together of people of all classes, religions and age groups. Even muslim girls with hijabs, a rare sight in Indonesian night-life, show up to dance to the classic Indonesian disco tunes from the 70s and 80s. Diskoria’s unexpected fame even brought a fallen Icon from the past back into the limelight: the legendary Fariz RM, who had to serve time…

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    SLITEN6IX—Looking To Pave The Way For The Underground Cambodian Music Scene

    SLITEN6IX was founded in 2011 and too many is considered the first underground metal band in Cambodia. As pioneers of the underground music in Cambodia, SLITEN6IX influenced many young Cambodian kids to pick up their guitars and express themselves through rock music. For example, DOCH CHKAE, the protagonist of our previous documentary 《Slumdog Metal》- they were in awe the first time they saw SLITEN6IX live, and immediately began to form their own band. In a relatively conservative and traditional Cambodian environment, SLITEN6IX’s band members endure the rejection of their society, most of all from their parents who simply can’t comprehend what they do. However, Tin, Alan, Nara, and Billie’s mission…

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    Cambodia’s First Feminist Punk: Vartey Ganiva’s combat against patriarchy goes mainstream

      In Cambodia, the status of girls is still not very optimistic. Problems such as poverty, traditional concepts of male superiority, and domestic violence oppress many Cambodian women on a constant basis. A local girl named Vartey Ganiva chose to stand up and say no. A punk singer, she wrote of her dissatisfaction with the patriarchal and her grievances against her vicious husband in her songs. Vartey Ganiva was very active in the underground music scene in Phnom Penh. She and her band would perform at all the livehouses and music festivals. However, the underground scene in Phnom Penh was still very small and her audience was extremely limited. It…

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    Slumdog Metal: Cambodian Street Kids Scream For Their Lives

      Doch Chkae means “like a dog” in Khmer. It’s also the name of the death metal band founded by two orphans born in the slums of Phnom Penh. Theara, the lead singer of Doch Chkae grew up together with the guitarist Vichey. They ate and drink and slept in these garbage-covered slums. Theara and Vichey dropped out of school when they were 9 years old. They drove garbage trucks around the city and made a living picking up waste. Because of the involvement of the international NGO “Mom Against Poverty”, Theara and Vichey were able to continue their studies and no longer had to worry about making a living.…