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Lao and Cambodian music

Posted by sandraa on 3/1/2012 at 12:28

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!

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Posted by MADMAC on 4/1/2012 at 12:34

My favorite Cambodian songs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcdgLclFWOU

This one is a classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uld17Riu5w4

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Posted by sandraa on 6/1/2012 at 07:55

Thank you!

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Posted by candyman on 6/1/2012 at 12:05

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1vpUq127RY

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Posted by busylizzy on 6/1/2012 at 17:31

For some Cambodian-influenced music check out Dengue Fever.

For some basic Lao language, try:

http://laos411.com/language/
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:
http://www.thailao.net/

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.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 24/7/2012 at 19:19

Khernh Snaeh Khnyom Te - Ros Sereysothea sounds like they are trying to strangle a cat.

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Posted by MADMAC on 24/7/2012 at 23:43

Hey that sound was the thing back in the day. With the funky distorted guitar. And I love her voice.

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Posted by sayadian on 25/7/2012 at 01:26

'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.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 25/7/2012 at 06:48

Distorted guitar is not the problem. Those vocals are unbearable. Hide your cats in a safe place. Worse than any karaoke.

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Posted by MADMAC on 25/7/2012 at 07:47

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.

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Posted by sayadian on 25/7/2012 at 15:19

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.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 25/7/2012 at 20:19

I tried to find some good Lao/Cambodia music on youtube but most of it is really bad.

Here's some blues/Vietnam music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4hLBy4DWO0

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Posted by MADMAC on 25/7/2012 at 23:13

Leonard,
Did you check out Dengue Fever? They're excellent.

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Posted by sayadian on 26/7/2012 at 01:22

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.'

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Posted by Saphir on 26/11/2012 at 00:15

I like The Cambodian Space Project.

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