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TEDxPhnomPenh - Keeda Oikawa and Kong Nai - Opening

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Published on Feb 16, 2011

Japanese artist Keeda Oikawa will make a return to Cambodia after performing at Java Arts in 2005, to live paint for TEDxPhnomPenh, accompanied by the esteemed Kung Nai. Keeda was born in Tokyo and graduated from Tokyo National University of fine art & music with a degree in oil painting. Her drawings, illustrations, and design works have been widely shown in major magazines. She has collaborated with photographers, musicians, actors, and major fashion brands.

Kung Nai, often called "The Ray Charles of Cambodia," is one of the best-known and celebrated artists in the chapei tradition. Accompanied by his own spirited strumming on the chapei dang weng (a Cambodian long-necked lute), Kung Nai, with his lively voice and tenacious word play, regularly brings audiences to their feet with his gift for improvising poetry and song. Now one of the few surviving masters in the chapei tradition who studied before the Khmer Rouge genocide in the late 1970's—in which an estimated ninety percent of Cambodian artists perished—Kung Nai continues to strive to promote and teach this beloved art form. He will be welcoming guests at TEDxPhnomPenh alongside artist Keeda Oikawa.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

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