Khmer Music: Who’s Sin Sisamouth?

When we talk about Khmer music, we end up talking about Cambodian legend Sin Sisamouth. He was not known as a seasoned traveler. He’s popularly known as Cambodia’s most celebrated singer of all time. Throughout his life and music, his Cambodian fans can learn so much about the country. Most of his songs remarkably tell the romantic tales of most of Cambodian provinces and places to visit. From Battambang to Kampong Cham to quiet beach town Kampot, it’s as if the legendary singer Samouth enjoyed his time communicating with a local woman (Bopha or flower) in those places.

You can download music files from these links:
Ros Serey Sothea (1948 – 1977): download her songs
Sin Sisamuth Fantasy Music: download his songs
Sin Sisamuth: download
Song Seng Hon: download
Pen Rorn
In Yen
Him Sivon

In Cambodia, not many young people are interested in his Samouth songs. But time and time again, his songs are well alive until now. One of the notable things his fans often mention is that Sin Sisamouth’s songs are timeless. The more they listen to his songs, the better they’re entertained. His songs are not just a one time off playback that you don’t want to replay.

 

Kolab (flower) Battambang
Singer: Sinn Sisamouth

This is one of the most beautiful song that Sinn Sisamouth the most celebrated singer expressed his romantic feeling toward a Battambang woman. In the song, he’s telling his audience that he’s back to Battambang province after 10 years. And he’s longing for the Champa (also flower). The genius singer even suggested the Battambang woman he’s in love with better a Siem Reap woman.


This one-hour YouTube alone has all one songs about Cambodia’s Battambang stories.

Champey Siem Reap is also a nice song. Samouth’s talent got him to brilliantly engage a woman (whom he called Champey or another flower name) in Siem Reap.


Kampot Kompoul Doung Chet (Kampot from the bottom of my heart)


There more here in which the Cambodian singer sang Pailin, a Cambodian border with Thailand. It’s as if he traveled across Cambodia for the songs.

At Cambodian or Khmer wedding reception or party, this is the best song to feature. The song title could be literally translated as ‘Fortune’. Not any Cambodian men can beat Samouth when it comes to praising a woman he fell in love with.

Samouth’s counterpart female singer is Ros Serey Sothea.

Popular Cambodian music is played with Western instruments or mixed with Western and Western instruments. Musical dance is compiled as a feature for social dance. The music of singers, Sin Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea from the 1960s to the 1970s, was regarded as the most popular music of Cambodia. During the Khmer Rouge Revolution, singers and pop singers in the 1960s and 1970s were killed by executions, starvation, or overworked work, and many original works of art. That is lost or destroyed.

In the 1980s, Keo Sarath (a refugee residing in the United States), and others pursuing the legendary Chancellor’s Singles, occasionally recreated the popular song of early singers. . The 1980s and 1990s also saw the rise of the popularity of the Khmer-style musical style through the use of a contemporary musical instrument.

Ancient Khmer music dates back to the Khmer Empire. The royal dances such as Apsara dance are symbols of Cambodian culture, as well as the binary orchestra, which is the orchestral accompaniment to those dances. Additional forms of folk music include Chapei and Ayai. In the past, such music was popular in the old days, and often the music played alone by a guy clutching a Khmer clit from a poet singing a melodrama. Every song has a moral, or religious theme. Ani is performed alone or by a man and a woman, and usually has a joke. It is a literary form of two literal phrases that is usually composed of a completely unexpected drama or poem, and with the utterance of words. When being chaired by a male or female singer or songwriter, the other person has to deal with the accompaniment by playing a short instrument among these poems. Dancing is a set of traditional music and songs played for entertaining and accompaniment for parts of many traditional Cambodian wedding ceremonies.

 

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