Vintage Cambodian cover of ‘Proud Mary’ by the Golden Voice.

A gorgeous, haunting voice filtering up from the past.

Dubbed ‘The Golden Voice of the Royal Capital’ by King Norodom Sihanouk, beloved singer Ros Sereysothea was a bright light of the Cambodian music scene prior to her disappearance during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. She was born into a poor family of singers who eked out a living performing traditional Khmer music. Her talent shone through, and at the age of 15 she headed to capital, Phnom Penh, to skyrocket into a brief but prodigious career.

Her music grew amidst the unique Vietnam War era Cambodian rock scene that flourished before being brutally stamped out due to the tragedies that would face the country. Love songs were herĀ  specialty. She also performed magical interpretations of popular American songs, recreated anew in Khmer. ‘Cry Loving Me’ (‘Yom Srolanh Khnyom’), below, is her soulful version of Credence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’.

 

 

If you liked this song you can find it, along with more great music from this era, on the album Cambodian Rocks, Volume I.