Asia Society Texas Center presents "Spinnin' Memory, Rappin' Justice"
In 2000, Khmer American rapper praCh (Prach Ly) distributed copies of his album Dalama… The End'n is Just the Beginnin' at a Cambodian New Year party in Long Beach, California. The album made its way to Phnom Penh, received extensive airplay, and became number one in Cambodia — all unbeknownst to the artist.
With lyrics in Khmer and English and a focus on Killing Fields era legacies, Ly's Dalama was not only credited with introducing hip hop to Cambodia, it introduced this history to a new generation largely unaware of its genocidal past. Ly's particular hip hop journey from the Killing Fields to Long Beach and back again will serve as the basis for a blended performance/lecture.
Due to the nature of the performance, this is a standing room only event. Seating will not be provided.