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
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 flirt with another 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. You’ll learn about her in the next blog post.