Category: Cambodian

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...

13th January 2019: Mol Kamach & Baksey Cham Krong – Pleine Lune

Artist: Mol Kamach & Baksey Cham KrongTitle: Pleine Lune Language: Khmer Translation: Full moon This song is so beautiful. Reminiscent of The Shadows with a hint of Hawaiian guitar thrown in, this was a hit in Cambodia when released in 1964. The album this song appears on, ‘Ne penser qu’à toi’, was re-issued by the fabulous Akuphone. I have only...

13th May 2018: Bokor Mountain Magic Band – ស្វាយរាំ (Monkey)

Artist: Bokor Mountain Magic Band Title: ស្វាយរាំ (Monkey) Language: Khmer (and a bit of English) I found the Bandcamp Daily website, which has some excellent choices for non-English music. This song is by a modern band (yes, you read that correctly!), the fabulously named Bokor Mountain Magic Band, and here they are playing live in a club. This whole set-up...

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