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arts4peace Festival

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
November 14-24, 2019

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Unsung Heroes

The Unsung Heroes Project aimed to identify people from around the country who have dedicated their time to reviving, preserving, and developing the arts. We wish to express our gratitude for the work that they have done. We worked with nine local researchers, who traveled to every province to identify and interview artists and cultural practitioners. For the past 6 months, they have met and interviewed people who have dedicated their lives to the arts. During the festival we featured stories from 25 of the Unsung Heroes that we discovered on that journey. This exhibition was created by TAN Vatey and Sinta WIBOWO.

EN Saren

Province: Svay Rieng
Birth Year: 1961
Skill: Traditional music artist, Chapei and Ayai Singer and Chai Yam

“People sometimes call me 'The King of Chapei' or 'The Giant King' because I always sing about the land of giants. I feel proud that people know me by the Chapei Dong Veng. I have helped people to get to know and want to study the Chapei repertoire, including classical wedding music. I have directly taught four traditional music ensembles and they have gone on to create more troupes themselves. Nowadays I still keep performing Chapei, mainly for conveying educational messages to the community; and I have been making Khmer musical instruments for personal use and selling. Besides this, I teach traditional music to students in Prey Chheu Teal primary school.”

Researcher: KONG Gne

More Unsung Heroes

CHEAV Chorng
KHA Sros
KHUNG Run