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MUJESTIC

praCh, is an internationally renown, critically acclaim, award winning artist. His debut album is the first #1 rap album in Cambodia. NEWSWEEK proclaim him as “The First Cambodian Rap Star”. Through masterful lyrics of powerful rap music, his music not only entertains but also educates.

His lyric has been published by multiple publishing and is currently being use for South East Asian Studies. In 2004 he went on a 23 States tour across the United States and was a subject for Japan’s documentary film, which won NHK’s *Best Documentary of the Year (2004). His involvement in films ranges from scoring music for a baseball documentary ‘RICE FIELD OF DREAMS’(2010) to creating original music for *Sundance Award Winning and *Oscar short-listed movie ‘ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE'(2010),
a producer of award winning short film 'PAULINA'(2013), provided music for the Student Academy Awards/Oscars finalist short film 'SAMNANG'(2013), a featured host for Andrew Zimmern's BIZARRE FOOD Spring(2013), winner of the Long Beach Post '40 under 40'(2013) Awards, NHK's Special Programs: Asian Dreamers(2014) and producer of 'INVISIBLE DANCE'(2015).

He lectures and headlines events in prestigious institutions and Ivy League universities, from the SMITHSONIAN in DC, to the International ‘Freedom to Write’ festival at BROWN to the Scholars at Risk at HARVARD.

He’s been featured in the Cambodia Daily, Phnom Penh Post, Newsweek, Times, ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NHK, FOX, PBS, PRI, NPR, VOA, RFA, American Route, Press-Telegram, LA Times, New York Times, OC-Weekly, Frontline, The World.org, America.org, Khmerconnection.com and countless others.

He is the youngest coordinator of the Cambodian New Year Celebration in Long Beach California (2002). The GRAND MARSHAL of the 2nd Annual Cambodian New Year Parade (2005), Long Beach City's GRAND MARSHAL of the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration (2014) Awarded by the Cambodian-American Business Association for “Successful Business, Entrepreneurship and Community Service Excellence” (2011). Co-Founder, co-Director of the CAMBODIA TOWN FILM FESTIVAL, Chairmen of the Board-West Coast Committee for CELEBRATE ASIA, Founder of MUJESTIC Records and Founder/Co-Owner of The ORPHANAGE Productions.

A highly recognized and respected public figure, praCh resides in California and Florida.

12/12/14 - @ Brown University

12/01/14 - @ Harvard University

11/22/14 - @ NHK's Asian Dreamers

11/17/14 - @ UCLA

10/22/14 - @ Senator Lara's 2014 Excellence in Business Awards

10/06/14 - @ The Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

09/04-07/14 - @ 'CAMBODIA TOWN FILM FESTIVAL' Long Beach, CA.

08/03/14 - @ 'Cambodian Music Festival' Hollywood, CA.

05/31/14 - @ 'CELEBRATE ASIA' Jacksonville, Florida.

05/13-19/14 - @ Filming Invisible Dance, Long Beach.

05/03/14 - @ LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, (DGA).

04/29/14 - @ Jim McDonnell for Sheriff.

04/26-28/14 - @ Harvard University.

04/19/14 - @ Cambodian New Year Celebration, Long Beach.

04/06/14 - @ Cambodian New Year Parade, Long Beach.

03/26/14 - @ "Summit on Human Dignity", Palm Desert.

03/20/14 - @ Harvard University.

03/14-17/14 - @ Khmer Study Forum, Ohio.

03/06-09/14 - @ W.I.F. Portland.

02/22/14 - @ LB debut THE MISSING PICTURE'.

02/27/14 - @ Filming 'CAM-CC'.

01/18/14 - @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. LBC, CA.

12/13/14 - @ Cambodian Association of America 38th Anniversary Dinner.

12/01/13 - @ Long Beach, CA.

11/29/13 - @ La Pine, Oregon.

11/24/13 - @ San Francisco, CA.

11/23/13 - @ KSC, Sacramento State University.

11/21/13 - @ Oakland, CA.

11/10-29/13 - @ CHAPA Gala, Lakewood.

10/14-20/13 - @ Scared Dancer of Angkor.

09/13-15/13 - @ Cambodia Town Film Festival.

08/15-18/13 - @ King's Canyon.

08/11/13 - @ Detroit, Michigan.

07/25/13 - @ Los Angeles, CA.

07/16/13 - @ Jacksonville, FL.

07/15/13 - @ University of Connecticut.

07/13/13 - @ Philly.

07/10-29/13 - @ Virginia.

07/01/13 - Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Food

05/30/13 - @ University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA.

05/10/13 - @ 7th Annual Sarong Party, CA.

04/24-29/13 - @ Generation Return 1.5, New York.

04/15/13 - @ Sacramento University. CA.

04/15/13 - @ KWIN 97.7FM. Stockton, CA.

04/14/13 - @ University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA.

04/13/13 - @ Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple. Stockton, CA.

04/11/13 - @ Mekong Bistro. Portland, Oregon.

04/08/13 - @ La Lune Palace, CA.

04/06/13 - @ Cambodian New Year Parade, LBC.

03/14-17/13 - @ KSF, OHIO University.

02/12/13 - Filming w/ Travel Channel, CA.

01/31/12 - @ SAMNANG Premiere @ AFI, CA.

01/22/13 - @ Northwestern University.

01/16-20/12 - @ SUNDANCE, Park City Utah.

01/03-07/12 - @ Palm Spring Film Festival, CA.

12/24/12 - @ Key West, FL.

12/23/12 - @ Harvard University.

12/22/12 - @ Yale University, CT.

12/10-11/12 - @ Rutgers University, NJ.

12/02/12 - @ CNN Heroes Awards, Los Angeles, CA.

11/15/12 - @ UC San Diego, CA.

11/03/12 - @ HWB fundraising, CA.

10/20/12 - @ Cal State Fullerton, CA.

10/13/12 - @ KAA Museum of the Art, CA.

10/01/12 - @ LOST LOVES premiere LBC, Art Theatre, CA.

09/27/12 - @ CAM-FAM 2nd, Santa Ana. CA.

09/16/12 - @ Lobster Festival, SP, CA.

08/25/12 - @ CAMBA 3rd, CA.

08/12-20/12 - @ Manhattan, NYC.

07/27-28/12 - @ Quaking Aspen, CA.

07/23-27/12 - @ Big Sur, CA.

05/18-25/12 - @ Anchorage, Alaska.

05/16-17/12 - @ Jacksonville, FL.

05/13-15/12 - @ Atlanta, GA.

05/03-13/12 - @ CELEBRATE ASIA. Jacksonville, FL.

05/1-3/12 - @ Providence. RI.

04/26-30/12 - @ University of Ohio. Columbus.

04/24-25/12 - @ University of Massachusetts.

04/23-24/12 - @ HARVARD University.

04/22/12 - @ University of Connecticut. CT.

04/21/12 - @ Cambodian New Year Celebration El Dorado Park Area 3. LBC, CA.

04/20/12 - @ PAULINA Premiere. CA.

04/17/12 - @ Faculty Lounge of Mills College. Oakland, CA.

04/14-16/12 - @ LAND/WATER/RAIN Santa Rosa, CA.

04/13-14/12 - @ Khmer New Year Celebration. Stockton, Ca.

04/12/12 - @ San Fransisco. CA.

04/06-09/12 - @ SIDESWIPE filming. Palm Desert. CA.

04/01/12 - @ Cambodia Town Cultural Festival. LB.

03/25/12 - @ Dinner w/ Mr. Sam Rainsy and Theary Seng. CA.

03/25/12 - @ Cal State LB Cambodian Culture Show. LB.

03/02/12 - @ Hiwa Fusion. CA.

02/18/12 - @ SIDESWIPE Filming. Palm Desert.

02/03-08/12 - @ SAMNANG Filming. LBC.

01/19/12 - @ Rice Field of Dreams. OC.

01/14/12 - @ Golden Villa. CA.

12/07/11 - @ University of Hawaii. HI.

11/28/11 - @ South Beach Miami. FL.

11/22/11 - @ LSU Louisiana.

11/20/11 - @ Angkor Idol. CA.

11/14-16/11 - @ Solebury School www.solebury.org PA.

11/12/11 - @ Hak Heng. CA.

11/09/11 - @ Academy of Motion Picture and Science.

11/05/11 - @ Thet Sambath, Sophys. CA.

11/04/11 - @ Centre Sycamore CA.

11/02/11 - @ International Knights Awards. Washington Dc.

11/01/11 - @ Motor City. Detroit.

10/28-11/01/11 - @ UConn. Connecticut.

10/27/11 - @ Salt Lake City. Utah.

10/22/11 - @ Khoury's Restaurant. CA.

10/15/11 - @ 80's House Party! Halloween Bash. CA.

10/09/11 - @ Rhythm Lounge HWB. CA.

10/08/11 - @ RFOD Encore. The Empire Theater. Stockton CA.

09/11/11 - @ 9/11 Memorial. One World Trade Center. Long Beach CA.

08/27/11 - @ CAMBA (Cambodian American Business Association)

08/26/11 - @ 'I RIDE' World Premiere. CA.

08/24/11 - @ United Cambodian Community. CA.

08/13-18/11 - @ Big Sur. CA.

08/12/11 - @ "RICE FIELD" premiere. Stockton.

07/30/11 - @ Refugee Camp(RC7)- Arroyo, Greenfield CA.

07/28/11 - @ "Helping Ham" Art Theater LBC.

07/16/11 - @ Unveiling "Cambodia Town" sign. Long Beach.

07/02/11 - @ Lake Mojave, Nevada.

06/26/11 - @ San Fransisco, CA.

06/25/11 - @ Michaan's house theatre. Alameda, CA.

06/22/11 - @ 4th street Art Theatre. Long Beach

05/27/11 - @ Oakland, CA.

05/20/11 - @ New York, New York.

05/01-10/11 - CELEBRATE ASIA 2011 @ Jacksonville FL.

04/29-30/11 - @ Portland Oregon.

04/13/11 - 'Rice Field of Dreams'- World Premiere @ Long Beach.

03/19-21/11 - Asian Arts initititves @ Philadelphia.

03/15-18/11 - International Writers Project / Brown University @ Rhode Island.

03/03/11 - Filming "OTHER WALLS 2 FALL"

01/06/11 - *OSCAR 'shortlist party @ Hollywood CA

01/05-09/11 - ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE screening @ L.A./L.B.C

11/13/10 - REDLIGHT Screening @ Connecticut

11/12/10 - Boston Film Fest @ Boston Mass.

10/29/10 - Oktoberfest @ El Dorado Park. CA

10/28/10 - One Imagination open mic @ Long Beach CA.

10/26/10 - @ Lake Elsinore.

10/20/10 - Enemies of the People screening @ UCLA

10/18/10 - @ Las Vegas NV.

09/19/10 - @ Key West FL.

09/17/10 - @ Jacksonville FL.

09/16/10 - Connecticut @ University of Conn.

08/15/10 - Las Vegas / Hoover Dam

07/01/10 - Hawaii @ Honolulu

06/21/10 - New York City @ World Premiere : Redlight

06/11/10 - @ San Francisco

05/28/10 - @ Key West FL.

05/12-15/10 - Oregon @ State University in Corvallis.

05/08/10 - Florida @ Celebrate Asia Event

05/05/10 - Florida @ the Rebirth

04/24/10 - Long Beach @ the Sarong Party.

04/18/10 - Long Beach @ LBC's Grand Prix

04/17/10 - @ the TEMPLE

04/15/10 - Long Beach @ CSULB/ screening " Oak Park "

04/14/10 - Long Beach @ Long Beach Community College

04/10/10 - Long Beach @ Queen Mary Ship.

04/10/10 - Long Beach @ Cam - New Year Celebration El Dorado Park

04/04/10 - Long Beach @ Cambodian New Year Parade

04/03/10 - Cal State LB @ Cambodian Culture Show

03/28/10 - San Diego @ Fusion XI ( "Dimensions of a Generation" )

03/26/10 - Cal State Fullerton @ Cambodian Culture Night

03/24/10 - Palm Desert @ Xavier High School

03/20/10 - Santa Ana @ the Cambodian Family census 2010

03/19/10 - Long Beach @ the Art Council's a LOT series

03/01/10 - Boston @ R.Ramsy Lunch

02/27/10 - Lowell @ Sam S. Meas for U.S. Congress )Fund Raising

02/26/10 - Boston @ University of Mass.

02/09/10 - Palm Desert @ Gneiss Poetry Series

02/04/10 - Chicago @ WDCB 90.9 fm

01/29/10 - Long Beach @ THE RHYTHM LOUNGE


BEI-3 ( feature.film )

- in development -
tagline : 'The First Cambodian-American Supernatural Ghost Anthology
director : praCh. Caylee So.
producer : praCh. Caylee So
executive producer : Rob Lemkin. Kalyanee Mam
written by : praCh & Caylee So
link : www.innovisionpictures.com
link : www.theorphanageproductions.com


INVISIBLE DANCE ( feature.film )

- in development -
director : Caylee So.
producer : praCh. Neardey Trinh. Caylee So
written by Caylee So
link : www.innovisionpictures.com
link : www.theorphanageproductions.com


CAMBODIA TOWN FILM FESTIVAL

festival director : praCh, Caylee So.
link: www.CambodiaTownFilmFestival.com

DALAMA... " memoirs of the invisible war " ( album )

release date : currently in production
writer, producer : praCh
Mujestic Records 2015


[Ctrl].[Alt].[Del] ( album )

release date : currently in production
written, produce, and directed by : praCh
Mujestic Records 2015


Rice Field of Dreams ( doc.film )

release date : OUT NOW
directed by : Daron Ker
music by : praCh
Water Buffalo Pictures
links : www.waterbuffalopics.com


Holiday in Cambodia ( feature.film )

release date : in development
directed by : Daron Ker
Water Buffalo Pictures
links : www.waterbuffalopics.com


SAMNANG ' ( short.film )

release date : OUT NOW
directed by : Asaph Polonsky written by : Vanara Taing
produce by : Kim O'Shea
music by : praCh
link : http://www.samnangthefilm.com


www. m u j e s t i c .com


ALBUMS]----------------------------------------------

DALAMA "the end'n is just the beginn'n" - Demo (2001)
praCh : producer / writer / MC / executive producer
international- Cambodia's 1st #1 Hip-Hop album.

DALAMA "the lost chapter" (2003)
praCh : producer / writer / MC / executive producer
24 states tour, nearly 200,000, unit sold to date !

Universal Speakers : No Hard Feelings (2004)
praCh : executive producer / writer / MC

The 2nd Language : Language Art (2005)
praCh : executive producer / writer/ MC

ViceVera's : Joint Project (2005)
praCh : executive producer / writer/ MC

DALAMA. "memoirs of the invisible war" (in production)
praCh : producer / writer / MC / executive producer

[Ctrl].[Alt].[Delete] (in production)
praCh : producer / writer / MC / executive producer


FILMS]-------------------------------------------------

Fragile Hope (2003)
director: Tiara Delgado
music: praCh

Love Sick (2003)
director: Sam B.Lorn
music :praCh

Cambodian Rapper 1 & 2
(2004) (2005) Doc Film.
( subject -praCh )
director : Hideharu Watanabe
NHK Enterprises America
* - 1st Place, Best work 2004

Nice Hat! (2005)
director : David Brisbin
music : praCh

Out of the Poison Tree (2008)
director: Beth Pielert
Original Music: praCh

Rice Field of Dreams (2010)
director : Daron Ker
Original Music: praCh

Enemies of the People (2010)
directed by : Rob Lemkin, and Sambath Thet
Old Street Films.
music inspired by film: praCh

Road to Closure.
directed by: Tiara Delgado
Original Music: praCh

Holiday in Cambodia (in development)
directed by : Daron Ker
Water Buffalo Pictures.
music: praCh

The Oak Park Story (2010)
director : Valerie Soe
Original Music: praCh

Eyes of the Heart. *Broadway Play
Written by: Catherine Filloux
Directed by: Kay Matschullat
Original music: praCh

SAMNANG - an AFI Thesis Film (2012)
Directed: ASAPH POLONSKY
Written: VANARA TAING
Produced: KIM O'SHEA
Cinematography: CARLOS DIAZ
Edited: VARUN VISWANATH
Music: praCh

INVISIBLE DANCE - Short (2015)
Director : Caylee So
Producer: praCh

INVISIBLE DANCE - Feature (in development)
Director : Caylee So
Producer: praCh

BEI(3) - Feature (in development)
Director : Caylee So, praCh
Producer: Caylee So, praCh
Writer: Caylee SO, praCh


BOOKS ]------------------------------------------------

IN THE SHADOW OF ANGKOR (2005)
Manoa / University of Hawaii Press
* featuring story / praCh
Editor: Sharon May, Frank Stuart.

Expressions of Cambodia. (2006)
Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series
* chapter 7 - Rapping (in) the homeland.
Leakthina Chau-Pech Ollier (Editor), Tim Winter (Editor)

Images of America: (2008)
* Cambodian in Long Beach. feat/ praCh
Arcadia Publishing
Author: Susan Needham, Karen Quintiliani

A Transnational Hip Hop Nation: (2008)
* praCh, Cambodia, and Memorialising the Killing Fields.
Author: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials PhD

Cambodian American Experiences: (2010)
Histories, Communities, Cultures and Identities.
Author: Jonathan H. X. Lee

WAR, GENOCIDE, JUSTICE (2013)
Cambodian American Memory Work.
Author: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials PhD





Long Beach's 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration
* Grand Marshal - praCh (2014)

Feature host of Andrew Zimmern's BIZARRE FOOD
Episode: Hidden LA (2013)

Long Beach Post
*Winner of the'40 under 40'Awards (2013)

CAMBODIA TOWN FILM FESTIVAL
Founder, Director (2012-Current)

City of Long Beach
Awarded by: Mayor Bob Foster
*Certificate of Recognition (2012)

State of California SENATE
Awared by: Alan S. Lowenthal, 27th District
*Certificate of Recognition (2012)

California Legislature Assembly
Awarded by: Bonnie Lowenthal, 54th District
*Certificate of Recognition (2012)

CAMBA - Cambodian American Business Association
*Winner of 'SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS of (2011)'
Entrepreneurship and Community Service Excellence'

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
State of California CONGRESS
*Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (2011)

City of Long Beach
Awarded by: Dee Andrews, Six District
*Certificate of Recognition (2011)

CELEBRATE ASIA
*West Coast Region Committee Chair (2011-Current)

State of California SENATE
Awarded by: Leland Y. Yee, Ph.D.
*Certificate of Recognition (2009)

Cambodian New Year Celebration L.B.C.(2002)
*Coordinator - praCh

Cambodian New Year Parade (2005)
*Grand Marshal : praCh

Fight against DEPORTATION
fundraiser - since 2003

Cambodian New Year Celebration L.B.C. (02-current)
volunteer - praCh

Cambodian Coordinating Council
member-since 2001

Fundraiser for Japan Earth Quake & Tsunami.

Fundraiser for Cambodian Stampede Victims.

Fundraiser for Haiti earthquake.

Fundraiser for Katrina / Red Cross

Fundraiser for 911 / Red Cross



praCh's LECTURING / PERFORMANCE @--------------------

ASU, AAC, Brown, UC Berkeley, NYU, NJCU, Yale, Smithsonian, CSLB, CSF, USC, UCLA, Georgetown, Penn State, Columbia, UWYO, UW, Seattle University, USD, UConn, UMass, MSU, UCI, GSU, TSU, ISU, KSU, LSU, NWU, OSU, PSU, Middlesex College, Marlboro College, Hawaii, Harvard, the Pacific, OSU, Stanford, LBCC, Compton College, Palm Spring District, LBS District, Riverside, FSU, Syracuse, University of Pa˝˝āsāstra, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Long Beach Cambodian New Year Celebration and Parade, LB MLK Parade, and countless Clubs, Arena, Concerts, temples and churches.



MEDIA / PRESS : FEATURED ]----------------------------

Newsweek, Times, LA-Times, NY Post, Press-Telegram, Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia Daily, Hmong Times, OC Weekly, LA Weekly, Asia Weekly, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, FOX, PBS, VOA, RFA, PRI, NPR, NHK, ROD, PRI, HBO, American Route, Front Line, The Strand, Power 106, the Beat, City Beat, Hot 97, CSLB, CSF, UCLA, Columbia , Hawaii, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Brown, UC Berkeley, NYC, Smithsonian, and more.





- out of the poison tree -
written  and produced by: praCh
co-produced by:Ryan Delancey
Taken from/ theme song for the feature film:
"Out of the Poison Tree"
directed, written and produced by: Beth Pielert
Good Film Works / Mujestic Records
-DALAMA3...memoirs of the invisible war.-

<a href="http://pi.b5z.net/i/u/978411/m/poison_tree.mp3">Play the media using the stand alone Player</a>

photograph by : Lucas Michael - Newsweek
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"Can you be famous but unknown? Can you unwittingly electrify the youth of a homeland
you left as a toddler? Can lyrics written in California bring a new generation
to face Cambodia's greatest modern horror? This is the miraculous story of how
a refugee named
praCh accomplished all that, to his own astonishment."

* Gina Chon --- CAMBODIAN DAILY

 
"praCh's incendiary tales of Cambodia's past, told in the defiant tones of rap,
hit Phnom Penh like a B-52 bombing raid."

* Adam Piore --- NEWSWEEK


" A brash new rap album made in Southern California is breaking the taboos
by telling young Cambodians about the darkest chapter of their country's history."

LOS ANGELES TIMES


" Everyone wants to express themselves like these guys (praCh and his friends),
but they're afraid...In Cambodia, no one would dare say what those guys say.
It's inspirational."

NEW YORK POST


" Long Beach rapper praCh could pass for a wise teen-ager with understanding parents.
But when he opens his mouth to rhyme, or when you listen to the fiery rap CD,
praCh an actor's son who is 22, sounds like he's 22 going on 50."

* Theo Douglas --- L.B.PRESS-TELEGRAM


" praCh has begun teaching local youths what parents and school have not...
Shattering the stereotype of a rapper praCh is polite and earnest."

* Wendy Thomas Russell --- L.B.PRESS-TELEGRAM


" The album has caught on among the trendy urban youth of the capital,
who often have access to MTV and English-language lessons."

ABC News --- news channels


" At parties, in bars and in homes around Phnom Penh, the album has
teen-agers buzzing about songs on death,forced labor and broken families."

CBS News --- news channels


" He said he never envisioned the music having an impact in Cambodia.
"I was very surprised at how big this got. When I did it,
it was just a demo, to pass around to a few friends,"
praCh said in a phone interview from Long Beach."

NBC News --- news channels

 
"praCh Ly is the most authoritative voice
in Khmai and Khmai-American rap.
( Dalama..."memoirs of the invisible war." )
not only shows his music taking on new
beats and new sounds from traditional
and other sources. The lyrics focus
have a new focus on all of the Cambodian
tragedy from 1970 to the present.
Aware, furious, respectful,
precise --- this is political writing at its finest.
Like Nelson Mandela had rapped when he was young.

* Geoff Ryman - B.B.C.


"He brings it to the new generation, and talk about reality, talk about society."
FOX News --- news channels

" His songs are a step forward."
CNN --- news channels
 

"He's the Cambodia Town Ambassador, an international Hip-Hop artist"
* KCET --- new channels
 

"Prach Ly, a rap artist, inspires Cambodian American Pride. With his rap songs,
Prach encourages refugees and their children to face their history,
and heal the scars of the Cambodian civil war.
"
* NHK International --- new channels


"It's clear that his experience in both Cambodia and the United States have
shaped his style, and sound which he crafted brilliantly."

* The WORLD.org


"Story, from the evacuated streets of Phnom Penh to the
freestyle immigrant mix of Long Beach...
he deliver a blistering history lesson"

* Sheraz Sadiq --- P.B.S. Frontline

 
"Authenic, unapologetic, raw lyrics. It's unadulterated rap - I love it"
* Mark Cole --- B.C.C World Service - The Strand

 
"PraCh Ly, a Long Beach native and elder statesman of Cambodian hip-hop,
was among the first musicians to speak out about the trauma of the
Khmer Rouge era. Ly’s debut album, “Dalama: The End’n Is Just the Beginn’n”
made him Cambodia’s No. 1-selling hip-hop artist in 2001. But it also fulfilled
a desperate need for candor about the war and its devastating legacy.
Fifteen years later, his verses bite as hard as ever, with an unrelenting drive
to speak the unspoken and to remember the forgotten. On his forthcoming
third solo album, “Dalama 3: Memoirs of the Invisible War,” Ly experiments with
darker, more cinematic compositions while venturing deeper into the poetics of war and diaspora"

*
Jesse Ruskin --- L.A.TIMES

 
Prach Ly, who has been rapping in Khmer and English about issues affecting
Cambodians since 2000. Ly grew up in Long Beach, but his albums focus on
the war-crime trials of Khmer Rouge leaders; they convey messages of
revolt when played on underground radio stations in Cambodia.
Ly rarely performs these days, instead focusing on film projects. He’s often asked
to speak about his work at institutions like Harvard and UC Berkeley,
making him the de facto public face for young Cambodian-Americans.
"
* Sarah Bennett --- L.A.WEEKLY


" He's awfully precise, this praCh...Dalama raised, in one way or another,
got Cambodia's moldering history books-victims of a
bury-the-past mindset-back in the schools."

* Rich Kane --- O.C.WEEKLY


"He's a genius. To use his rap lyrics to tell the stories of the immigrants...
I don't know of anyone else who's doing what he's doing,'

* Frank Stewart --- MANOA - University of Hawaii Press


"Renowned hip-hop artist praCh ly, who, in a fearless solo performance
resonating with authenticity, vulnerability, and indomitable force, astonished
young and old alike with the immediacy and timelessness of his
brilliant musical and poetic talent"
* June Unrue --- HARVARD University

 
"We're honored to have him headline the Khmer Voices Rising: An Internation
Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival.
PraCh is a talented Cambodian American
rapper, writer, poet who tells in stories in beautiful lyrics.
"

* Robert Coover --- BROWN University


"praCh Ly is Long Beach's next Legend. The Cambodian rapper is
a leader and a visionary. By producing a bilingual album pack
with meaning and history. He electrified his homeland with
lyrics that relentless yet thoughtful.which reminds me of why
hip-hop was great in the first place."

* Mike Sonksen --- 562 magazine



"Your music is very creative, your voice rich with your Battambang accent and
your words cover a full agenda that is political and demand action.

I hear frustration, I hear confrontation but I also hear hope.
ONE CANNOT TAKE THIS ALBUM LIGHTLY AND I THANK YOU FOR THE
VERY HARD WORK , VERY HONEST AND VERY BOLD AND
RAW CRY FOR JUSTICE FOR OUR PEOPLE.
  YOU NAME AND SHAME THOSE WHO ARE NEVER SATISFIED
WITH THEIR GREED.
THEY MAY NOT LISTEN TO YOU BUT THEIR
CHILDREN DO AND THERE IS HOPE FOR CHANGE. 
It is a very rich album, praCh!
  THANK YOU , IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE.
  WITH BEST WISHES FOR SUCCESS, "

* Sochua Mu
- Activist,  Humanitarian, *Nobel Peace Prize nominee


Dalama 3 -- as is the case with the previous Dalamas --
once again proves why hip hop -- and Cambodian/American hip hop
-- matters. Drawing together the fundamental elements of hip hop,
Dalama 3 provokes, pushes, and forces a listener response. Filled with
compelling lyrics, Cambodian pop samples, and Khmer backbeats,
Dalama battles oppression around the globe and in your own backyard.
Not content with just one approach, Dalama throws out -- in sophisticated,
wonderfully moving fashion -- a host of issues, sounds, and beats.
Taking down regimes with rhyme and lyric, Dalama 3 has an unmatched
emotional power. Taken together, Dalama's end result --
justice-oriented knowledge -- makes this a masterpiece by a master MC.
With respect, admiration, and appreciation,

* Cathy Schlund-Vials Ph.D


"praCh is the pride of Long Beach"
* Beverly O'Neil --- Mayor of Long Beach, CA.


"I seen him perform live at Celebrate Asia, praCh is the real deal"
* Alvin Brown --- Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida.


"praCh is a genuis, he represent Khmer with pride and it shows"
* Bonnie Lowenthal --- Califorina State Assembly 70th District


"praCh work speak volumes, which we should praise and acknowledge"
* Alan Lowenthal --- U.S. Congress


"He brings the people and community together"
* Jim McDonnell --- Cheif of Police of Long Beach.
 

"praCh is now the most popular rapper in his native Cambodia, here at home(USA),
he's a proud Ambassador of Cambodia Town... praCh put the punctuation mark on the evening"

* Andrew Zimmern --- BIZARRE FOOD / TRAVEL CHANNEL


" praCh's voice is a David to the Goliath of history !
This thing has the drama of the work of a fine rapper/artist
and the scope of epic poetry! - Awesome "

 
* DAVID BRISBIN - production designer - Twilight's New Moon
The Day the Earth Stood Still, the Exorcism of Emily Rose,
City of Ghost, Dead Presidents, Nice Hat!



"Long Beach-raised Cambodian-American rap artist
praCh Ly wants to inspire nothing less than revolution.
It may be actual, it may be spiritual, it may be intellectual,
but it's revolution. "Dalama" is praCh's most overtly political work,
as he takes Cambodian leadership to task for the state of affairs
in a country where he sees youth who are aching for change.

So, when praCh writes, "I'm target for death, they want to
delete my existence, I'm a high-risk threat, the leader of
the resistance. The battle for tomorrow, its start today.
Afraid of no one, that's just how I was raised," it can be
hard to know where the lines merge and split.
And if his
words can't cause revolution, maybe at least, as he says in
"Therapeutic" "my words are weapons
turning music into medicine. it's ... Therapeutic."

* Greg Mellen --- LB Press-Telegram


" Khmer rap from California wakes up stifled generation in Cambodia.
Some people hope that praCh's music will kick-start
the creativity of a numb nation."

* Chris Decherd --- ASSOCIATED PRESS
 

"You hit on a lot of important issues with your lyrical beats
and you and your group has a lot of taste in your music".

* Vibol Hul --- KHMERCONNECTION.COM


"I have to admit? the brother has mad skills. From putting
lead to paper and drawing out sketches to spitting out lyrics.
Prach has an eye for detail and perfection.
There is method to his madness...I think this album:
( Dalama " the lost chapter.") is a testament to the evolution
of the individual whose heart beats in time with music
and whose flow is a fusion of experience and narrative genius."

* DemRaw --- C-Hope
 

"praCh is phenomenal!
praCh is a bi-lingual Khmer-American rapper.
He's smart, raw, talented, inspired,
and so so cool."
"I saw him performed two years ago in DC
and he blew me away! I don't normally
listen to rap, but this man had me
off my seat, bopping my head up and down,
laughing, and eyes glued on him.
When I turned to my neighbors,
I saw elder Khmer men and women doing
the same. praCh is a treasure to our community."

* Loung Ung: Activist, Author, Lecturer---.
'First They Killed My Father.'

 

WOW, VERY POWERFUL!! You're incredible !! The album is
nothing less than social revolution !! I am deeply impress with
the depth of lyrics and your detailed following of social issues and
Cambodian politics. Even though you're physically faraway,
your soul and spirit are here; I feel it in your lyrics and
the songs' beat and energy. I love your creative mixture of old and new;
Khmer and English - a tribute and recognition of what had gone on
before and paying special tribute to that and then communicating
that to this generation... You have a real gift and I admire your
passion to use this gift to address substantive issues,
in addition to just pure entertaining.
I am now coming to the end of the album,
having listened to all of them in one sitting...
THANK YOU SO MUCH for allowing me to hear this,
a very special privilege I take to heart.
MORE POWER TO YOU, my friend!!
* Theary C. Seng - Activist, Author, Humanitarian


I finally got a chance to sit down and listen to your new CD –
and I just wanted to tell you I loved it. They’re very different works,
but in some ways DALAMA 3, in it’s conceptual ambition and flow,
reminds me of one of my favorite albums – Prince’s LOVESEXY.
And I really enjoyed the going back and forth between English and Khmer.
Please keep me informed on your progress with this fascinating CD!

* Robin Lee - music, editor,..
Star Wars: episode V,  Star Wars: episode Vl
the English Patient, Toy Story, Godfather part lll



Upon receiving the opportunity to listen to his album,
I thought that each song, like Cambodia, was so unfathomable
in its emotions and history. The album like what has been said,
teaches and informs us of the unforgotten atrocity of Khmer rouge.
It does not preach. praCh shows his heritage and
love for his culture with taste and does so successfully.
Like all of the classics who have gone before Prach,
like that of Sin Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea,
and among others, praCh Ly has lived up to them.
He and like others have shown that of the years we, as minorities
who are starting here and making our new lives here,
have come so far. Good job praCh and thank you for giving me
the opportunity to learn more about your heritage.

* Bee Vang, Lead Actor : Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino


praCh is in rare form, in this, his third effort. His originality is
unparalleled as he matches gorgeous beats with compelling
lyrics in both English and Khmer. praCh Ly is no doubt a rising star,
with the beautiful, emotional voice of a young poet and
a talent that is ripening, along with his maturity.
Dalama 3 is like nothing else being produced today,
and thus, earns its place as "must hear" music experience!

* Louisa Castrodale: Visual and Performing Arts Specialist


I feel that stylistically this is what true rap is.  Forget about all the
fluff that is in the modern rap industry—manicures,
threaded eyebrow and posers.  Your album makes me
appreciate rap and feels “old skools”, but in a new way. 
I long for the days that rap will return to this expression,
and I think you’ve put your finger on it.  Also, the political
expression you put into it, again, I really LOVE it.  This is what
I call “pure rap” unadulterated rhymes with raw power to
move the hills and mountains, and you’re one of the
few masters of it.  Thanks again for this gift to the world.

* David N. Andrzejewski
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