Asia Society Presents! Spinnin’ Memory, Rappin’ Justice


In 2000, Khmer American rapper praCh (Prach Ly) distributed copies of his album DalamaThe End’n is Just the Beginnin’ at a Cambodian New Year party in Long Beach (CA). 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.

Please note that due to the nature of the performance, this is a standing room only event. Seating will not be provided. We appreciate your understanding.

The previous night on April 9, Asia Society will screen The Missing Picture, a haunting and unconventional recounting of Pol Pot’s eradication of millions in Cambodia.


Related Links

The Huffington Post: Top Hip-Hop Artist Brings Awareness to the Killing Fields

Official Site: Mujestic

KPCC Radio: Child of the Killing Fields

Asia Blog: Interview: 'Spinnin' Memory,' Khmer American Rapper Teaches a Traumatic History

Newsweek: Hip-Hop About Pol Pot

CBS: Khmer Rap

PBS: Cambodian-Americans Speak: Prach Ly


About praCh

Named by Newsweek as the “pioneer of Khmer Rap” and the “first Cambodian rap star,” Prach Ly first received international acclaim with his debut hip hop album, Dalama….The End’n is Just the Beginnin’. He has since emerged as a multimedia force, releasing two Dalama sequels. Ly is the CEO of Mujestic Records, has provided scores for feature films, and coordinated and co-organized the first-ever Cambodia Town Film Festival. He and his work have been featured in a number of international media outlets. Born in the farmlands of Cambodia but raised on the mean streets of America, Ly is a committed transnational activist.


Lead series support of Asia Society Presents! is provided by Bank of America. Performing arts and cultural programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous support from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, The Clayton Fund, and Mickey Rosenau & Dr. Ellen Gritz, with an additional support from the Favrot Fund. Funding is also provided from Friends of Performing Arts & Culture at Asia Society Texas Center.


Presenting Sponsor

Bank of America

Program Sponsors

City of HoustonHouston Arts Alliance  

Event Details

Fri 10 Apr 2015
1370 Southmore Blvd Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
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