Hi! I'm travelling to Laos and Cambodia in a couple of weeks and would like to listen and maybe even learn some popular local songs to get to the mood and learn the language better.
I've found some on Youtube, but would like to hear suggestions from people who actually live there or have been there, so if you could help me, I'd be grateful!
#1 sandraa has been a member since 28/11/2011. Posts: 2
My favorite Cambodian songs:
This one is a classic:
#2 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
#3 sandraa has been a member since 28/11/2011. Posts: 2
Preab Sovath used to be one of the most popular Cambodian singers. I like a number of his songs, but couldn't find any of my favorites. This one at least has some great English lyrics in it.
#4 candyman has been a member since 20/10/2009. Posts: 20
For some Cambodian-influenced music check out Dengue Fever.
For some basic Lao language, try:
http://journals.worldnomads.com/language-guides/post/1418.aspx - they cover off a few other languages - Khmer might also be one??
and if you want to start to understand a bit more about Lao language:
and try to get hold of a book: Let's Learn Lao by James Higbie. This book comes with a CD so you can listen as you follow in the book (for the first few chapters anyhow). It's quite expensive to buy, but I got mine from the library.
Khernh Snaeh Khnyom Te - Ros Sereysothea sounds like they are trying to strangle a cat.
#6 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Hey that sound was the thing back in the day. With the funky distorted guitar. And I love her voice.
#7 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
'With the funky distorted guitar. And I love her voice.'
Ah, the love of my life Ros SereySothea but don't forget Pan Ron as well.If your into that pre KR music there's also Sin Sitamouth-the Frank Sinatra of Cambodia.
Sadly, all you hear now are crappy karaoke songs though sometimes they do covers of the old stuff if you can bare to watch the yucky videos that go with them.
#8 sayadian has been a member since 15/1/2008. Posts: 1,557
Distorted guitar is not the problem. Those vocals are unbearable. Hide your cats in a safe place. Worse than any karaoke.
#9 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Oh man I love her voice. I am afraid you will be shocked to discover she's one of the most famous and loved of all vocalist in Cambodian history.
#10 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Maybe the OP is looking for more traditional music like playing Chapai. I believe Kong Nai and other traditional musicians are suported by Peter Gabriel who provides them with a workshop in Phnom Penh.I could look it up if he/she is interested.Kong Nai is certainly worth listening to. The music has been described as Cambodia blues.
#11 sayadian has been a member since 15/1/2008. Posts: 1,557
Did you check out Dengue Fever? They're excellent.
#13 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
The first album has the track '22 nights' and is a typical Khmer lament sung beautifully by Mol.
She's got quite big since moving to America but she's still a stylish woman.'
#14 sayadian has been a member since 15/1/2008. Posts: 1,557