Cambodia’s own “Elvis” thriving
September 17, 2007, 2:45 am
Filed under: Music

Cambodia‘s own “Elvis” thriving

Sinn Sisamouth is a Khmer legend, though his heirs have been left with nothing more than his songs. Moeun Chhean Nariddh reports.

HE has been dead for nearly 20 years, but the songs of Sinn Sisamouth are still the soundtrack of the daily lives of the Khmer people.

For almost half a century, the late Khmer vocalist has been the most popular musician in Cambodia. Tapes of his music still sell out today and younger singers constantly copy his songs.

But after many years of music companies and traders exploiting Sisamouth’s “golden voice” , one of his sons recently made his first complaint about the unauthorized trade in his father’s legacy. Continue reading