Under the dictatorship of Pol Pot, an estimated 95% of Cambodia’s musicians and artists were executed in just four years.
Several of the few who survived are preserving Cambodia’s traditional repertoires and teaching them to the next generation of Cambodian Americans in Oakland, many of whom are re-composing and creating new lyrics about their lives. Learn the stories of such people as master musician, teacher, and Bay Area resident Nhep Prok, 92—first as performers of traditional music before 1975; then during the genocide and Pol Pot’s reign from 1975-1979; and finally as they recover, transform, and pass on traditional Cambodian music today.
RHYTHM OF THE REFUGEE EXHIBIT
Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30-5:30 pm, now through Oct 22, 2012
Peralta House Museum of History and Community, Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
2465 34th Ave, Oakland
For directions and more information, visit www.peraltahacienda.org