Acclaimed Lao American singer Ketsana is coming to Minnesota to help celebrate the Lao New Year Saturday, April 16, from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. at the Buasavanh Restaurant, 7324 Lakeland Avenue N., Brooklyn Park, Minn. Admission is $15.
Over the years, Ketsana has continued to thrill and entertain audiences with her powerful and eclectic style. She can transition as easily from a soulful Lao tune to high energy power ballads and New Wave standbys, with a repertoire of many stunningly original compositions that embrace all of her modern and traditional sensibilities.
Fan favorites include songs such as “Laos by Night,” “Vientiane in Dreams” and her rendition of the Lao classic “Champa Muang Lao.”
“I’m so happy to be able to return to Minnesota for the New Year with all of my fans and family here,” Ketsana said. “Last year was an amazing year for the community and I’m excited about the work everyone is doing and the visions they’re sharing with all of us.”
Ketsana traces her early musical years to the city of Algonquin, Illinois, where she started singing for a church choir. By the age of 11, Ketsana became a member of The Strangers, one of the earliest and most influential Lao rock bands led by the acclaimed composer singer Silavong Keo. She went on to record 10 albums, touring internationally in US, Canada, France and Laos.
Widely recognized nationally for her generous support of Lao American organizations and events, Ketsana’s pioneering work has helped to highlight other Lao musicians and artists across the United States and popularizing their work across cultures. She was responsible for bringing many Minnesota-based talents together during the first International Lao New Year Festival in San Francisco in 2009 and participated in the Lao American Writers Summit last year.
Her song “The Prayer, Chanting Inner Peace” was recently featured on Lifetime’s Project Runway Season 8 Finale episode when one of the top-three contestant – Lao American Designer, Andy South – showcased his collection down the runway of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC.
“I’m grateful for all of the support everyone has shown over the years,” said Ketsana. “We’ve come a long way and there’s more up ahead! Sabaidee Pi Mai!”
Currently Ketsana is working on a project that’s slated for late summer 2011 release. You can visit her online at www.ketsana.com.