Cambodia rocks, part 2


I had such a positive reaction to a previous post a few months ago about Cambodia’s pre-1975 music scene that I thought readers of The Great Balancing Act might appreciate further information on the subject.

My interest heightened, I did a bit of research and also conducted a number of interviews about the scene. Of these the two most useful were with Greg Cahill and a Cambodian man called Sok Visal.

Cahill is director of a 30-minute short film on the most famous of Cambodia’s pre-1975 singers, Ros Sereysothea, called The Golden Voice.

He’s currently in the process of trying to get financing to turn the firm into a fully-fledged biopic. He was recently in Phnom Penh scouting locations and showed his picture at Meta House, a cultural and arts centre here that has a monthly program of great films about the region. He’s a great source of info and trivia about the scene. I wish him luck with getting his project off the ground.

Visal works in an advertising agency by day but his real passion is mixing pre-1975 Cambodian sounds with the rap and house music he originally got into in the housing projects of Paris where he spent most of his childhood as a refugee. Eventually, he hopes to release a CD of his re-mixed tracks commercially. I have listened to a few of them and they are fantastic. His version of Pan Rong’s ‘It’s Too Late Baby’ is particularly good.

Anyway, I was commissioned to write an article on the scene for a magazine in Phnom Penh called The Advisor. Unfortunately, it went broke and ceased publishing the week the piece was scheduled to appear. Such is the life of the freelance journalist.

Fortunately I managed to find the article another home. A version appeared in the Phnom Penh Post newspaper and I did a shorter account for the wire service I write for, Inter Press Service.

You can read the original, longer unpublished piece here.

The IPS article can be found here.


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One Response to “Cambodia rocks, part 2”

  1. My weekend of crime and Dengue Fever « Angela Savage Says:

    […] vibrant pop music scene of the sixties and early seventies–see his articles here and here. Dengue Fever was formed in 2001 by Holtzman brothers Ethan and Zac after their visit to Cambodia. […]

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