As Cambodia modernized, the nation’s culture-hungry youth of the 1960s/’70s created a new and wonderful music scene. French, South American, Afro-Cubanist, and Western influences resonated heavily—musicians mixed various foreign rock ’n’ roll styles with traditional Khmer music. The individual stories are fascinating and the songs are mesmerizing; the war, genocide, and eventual eradication of this happy history is heart wrenching. recommended

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