Pitbull in Phnom Penh!?

No, I’m not refering to the type of dog, I’m referring to the hip-hop artist – who I had admittedly never even heard of until I came to Cambodia! Apparently he has a number of popular songs in the US, but here in Cambodia one song reigns supreme: You Know You Want Me. There’s even a Cambodian cover by Preab Sovath (a Cambodian pop artist). Kids who don’t know any English can sing the chorus of the song, and it plays everywhere! It’s so crazy the types of things that become popular in other countries.

He’s so popular in Cambodia he came to Phnom Penh to do a concert. Of course we had to go, or at least the other interns felt we should, and who am I to turn down an international superstar? Especially when the tickets are only $2!?! Technically you had to buy $2 worth of groceries from Lucky Market and give them the receipt. Thinking about it now, I should have gotten a ton of tickets and given them away, because while $2 isn’t a lot to me it’s a lot to other people – I’m sure  it would have brightened someone’s day.

We got there a little early, and the concert grounds were packed! Not just young adults and teenagers either, there were parents, grandparents, and children – this was a total family event. I doubt the same could be said of his concerts in the U.S.

Proof it happened

The opening bands were all Cambodian – no surprise – and I didn’t understand much at all, but it was still fun. After several bands, Pitbull finally came on – we stayed for a few songs and decided we’d had enough. Overall, it was a fun experience, and gave me a taste of the type of entertainment that Cambodians are interested in.

**Here’s an article on the Phnom Penh Post about the event here**
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3 thoughts on “Pitbull in Phnom Penh!?

  1. Sounds like you are starting to settle in! We are so proud of you and love to see the pictures as well as read about how things are going! Keep up the good work and HAVE FUN! Dad

  2. AJ- I’ve just enjoyed reading several of your posts. I laughed, I cried. Your writing is fun to read and it’s great to find out about all of your adventures. I feel like I’ve found a treasure! I’m bookmarking your blog so I can check it regularly.

    Incidentally, I have a wordpress account, too. It’s knivesandforks in honor of my favorite Conchords song, in case you’d like to read about my kids mostly. You’ll also get to see pics of your new nephew when he comes. I hope he comes soon. I don’t know which, but one of us is getting so fat it hurts. Pray that he’ll join us soon. Mark has requested that I go into labor before this weekend for the sake of convenience- Memorial Day and all.

    Kiss Marti again for me. On the cheek. I don’t do that whole lip to lip thing with girls.

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