Miss Sarawan is a Truly Delightful Treat
Every time I meet Mealea Lay AKA Miss Sarawan she warms my crusty old heart, in fact, she melts it. She has one of the sweetest, kindest and most humble personalities on this and many other planets.
Last night at the Jazz Club Phnom Penh she was accompanied by her partner, Joe Wrigley on guitar and together they gave a beautiful performance which kept the audience mesmerized.
Not so long ago Mealea gave a lovely interview to the Phnom Penh Post. In the interview, she revealed very humble beginnings where she lived in Srah Chork temple and sang for the monks. They loved her and raised money for her schooling.
The name Miss Sarawan is taken from the name of a temple and the traditional Khmer dance of the same name.
Scott Bywater a well-known performer on the Phnom Penh music scene used to, sometimes, invite Mealea on stage when he was performing at the same restaurant where she was working. Joe and Scott are long time best mates and so it wasn’t long before Mealea became part of the gang.
These days she has found her voice in Miss Sarawan, a delightful combination of Cambodian and Western songs from the 60’s and 70’s
For a taste of a bygone time, elegance and innocent fun, look out for Miss Sarawan
All photos are courtesy of the world reknown photographer Steve Porte