PraCh Ly, 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).

He is now the Executive Producer of Enemies of the People part 2 titled “SUSPICIOUS MINDS’ (2014). Music for Award Winning short film ‘PAULINA'(2013). Production, music for 2013 Student Academy Awards finalist short film ‘SAMNANG’. A Featured host for Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Food – America, Cambodia Town/Long Beach episode (Spring 2013). Winner of the Long Beach Post ’40 under 40′ 2013 Awards. 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,, and countless others.

prach-album-coverHe 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). Awarded by the Cambodian-American Business Association for “Successful Business, Entrepreneurship and Community Service Excellence” (2011). Founder, 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.

Check out this stream of his latest album “Dalama – The Memiors of an Invisible War”.

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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