Cambodian psychedelic rock songs of the 60s & 70s revisited (video)

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Cambodia Space Project2A Cambodian rock band has recovered psychedelic songs once performed by long-forgotten Cambodian singers in the 1960s and 1970s – most of whom were “extinct” during the Khmer Rouge regime – and is now staging them again on a tour through the US.

The Cambodian Space Project, so the name, features singer Srey Channthy, an ex-karaoke bar girl in Phnom Penh, who together with her band has revived old songs of Khmer musicians such as Pan Ron and Ros Sereysothea who were influenced by Western music introduced by GI’s during the Vietnam War.

Their first release in 2009 was still on vinyl, called Knyon Mun Sok Jet Te, or Unsatisfied.

Channthy has been labeled the “barefoot Cambodian diva of the rice fields” by critics. The band will perform their 2012 album Not Easy Rock and Roll, produced by former White Stripes producer Jim Diamond, during three concerts in New York this weekend:

Thursday, August 8 at Pianos
Friday, August 9 at Drom
Saturday, August 10, The Rock Shop

See a clip from The Cambodian Space Project’s new album: Don’t Say You Love Me

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A Cambodian rock band has recovered psychedelic songs once performed by long-forgotten Cambodian singers in the 1960s and 1970s – most of whom were “extinct” during the Khmer Rouge regime – and is now staging them again on a tour through the US.

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Cambodia Space Project2A Cambodian rock band has recovered psychedelic songs once performed by long-forgotten Cambodian singers in the 1960s and 1970s – most of whom were “extinct” during the Khmer Rouge regime – and is now staging them again on a tour through the US.

The Cambodian Space Project, so the name, features singer Srey Channthy, an ex-karaoke bar girl in Phnom Penh, who together with her band has revived old songs of Khmer musicians such as Pan Ron and Ros Sereysothea who were influenced by Western music introduced by GI’s during the Vietnam War.

Their first release in 2009 was still on vinyl, called Knyon Mun Sok Jet Te, or Unsatisfied.

Channthy has been labeled the “barefoot Cambodian diva of the rice fields” by critics. The band will perform their 2012 album Not Easy Rock and Roll, produced by former White Stripes producer Jim Diamond, during three concerts in New York this weekend:

Thursday, August 8 at Pianos
Friday, August 9 at Drom
Saturday, August 10, The Rock Shop

See a clip from The Cambodian Space Project’s new album: Don’t Say You Love Me

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