14th March 2019: Pen Ran – Kyom Men Sok Jet Te

Artist: Pen Ran (ប៉ែន រ៉ន)
Title: Kyom Men Sok Jet Te (ខ្ញុំមិនសុខចិត្តទេ)
Language: Khmer
Translation: I’m unsatisfied

This rather groovy tune is from Cambodia. Singer Pen Ran is also known as Pan Ron. The title was quite risque for the time, as it has a sexual reference which would not have been common in Cambodian music. She often worked with another of my favourite Cambodian musicians, Sinn Sisamouth.

Pen Ran had a rather sad end. She was most probably executed by the Khmer Rouge. You can read a little more about that here.

DJ Esperanto


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