Krom – Cambodian songs from the noir

By Christopher Minko

Krom presents a haunting traditional Cambodian song which was written shortly after the downfall of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime and the liberation of Phnom Penh in 1979. The lyrics portray the pain that this remarkable city experienced during the horror of the Khmer Rouge regime along with expressing hope for the future after the tragedy and pain of the Killing Fields. The video contains historical archival footage of the Khmer Rouge regime and the Toul Sleng Torture Center where thousands of innocent Cambodian lives were taken.

Vocals are by Krom lead vocalist Sophea Chamroeun, accompanied by Yun Thera on Khmer violin.

The video also showcases the superb traditional dance skills of Krom vocalists Sophea Chamroeun and Sopheak Chamroeun (“The Chamroeun Sisters”), both of whom are recognized as two of Cambodia’s leading exponents of Khmer traditional dance through their involvement in the cultural programs at Cambodian Living Arts. Sophea and Sopheak are joined by Leu Siv Meng and Hou Chey Chanrith from the Children of Bassac Dance Group.

The video is produced by Sarin Chhuon, Krom sound Engineer and Krom video producer.

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