Miss Sarawan Band for The Queen’s Birthday!

On Thursday the 28th April, Miss Sarawan brought her full band out for a very special occasion. The British Embassy were holding their annual ‘QBP’ event in the plush surroundings of the grand ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. Running from 630pm until 830pm, the event was in honour of the ninetieth birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


As the guests file into the grand ballroom, the band begins to hit their stride

As the guests file into the grand ballroom, the band begins to hit their stride. pic: Steve Porte



The Pimms and Gin and Tonics were flowing as Ambassador Bill Longhurst and a host of dignitaries from around the globe toasted to another year of co-operation between the British and Cambodian governments.

Meanwhile, Miss Sarawan Band warmed up with a set of elegant songs such as ‘Own Skol Jet Bong’ (El Condor Pasa, in Cambodian Language) and lead guitarist Jeff Sleeman’s instrumental arrangement of ‘Price Tag’.

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Later on, the party really started when the band rocked out with classic Cambodian rock’n’roll songs.


Lead Guitarist and singer Jeff Sleeman gets stuck into a Cambodian language song. Bassist Ten is noticeably impressed by his language skills. Pic: Steve Porte

The audience of 600 guests were wowed when Jeff and Joe broke into their own Cambodian-language rendition of ‘Jeas Cyclo’ by Yual Aularong.




As this was a British do, it was only fitting to play some classic British songs. Miss Sarawan Band regaled the esteemed audience with classy versions of ‘Norwegian Wood’ and ‘Hard Day’s Night’ by the Beatles.

Later on, the band impessed the crowd with a ‘mash-up’ of Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ with The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’. By this time, the dancers were tearing up the floor!

A few songs later, Miss Sarawan Band brought the house down with their Cambodian-English version of Jambalaya. The show was done and the only thing left to do was to enjoy some Fish’n’Chips, Cornish Pasties and Millionaire Shortbread.


pic: Steve Porte


pic: Steve Porte

The guests enjoyed a great event

The guests enjoyed a great event


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