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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Ros Sereysothea October 7, 2017

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Ros Sereysothea was a star in Cambodia before 1975, and “disappeared” under the Khmer Rouge. These recordings are from “Cambodian Rocks”, a compilation of recordings by Cambodian artists between 1965 and 1970. It includes recordings by Ros Sereysothea, Sinn Sisamouth, Pan Ron and others. It was published in 1996.
from wikipedia

artists were among those viewed as a threat to the regime’s agrarian socialist vision, and several of the performers on the album are believed to have been among those killed during the ensuing Cambodian Genocide of 1975-1979. Little information about them or their creative output has survived.

I suppose when thinking of music from these areas we assume that its of a traditional kind but here we have music that could have been made anywhere in the world. Yet when the Khmer Rouge came to power music such as this and indeed the musicians disappeared.
I’ve put the trailer to the 2015 Documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll”


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