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Cambodian Liberation Songs


CD, Digipack

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SKU: 0742832795289 Kategorie: , Tagi: , ,
wydawnictwo: Akuphone
numer katalogowy: AKUCD1004

To wciągająca płyta, wzruszające świadectwo historii Kambodży, która przynosi światu zdyszany głos członków ruchu oporu z Banteay Ampil Band.

“When I arrived at the Khmer-Thai border in September 1980, disorganized resistance cadres were busy repairing old guitar instrument by using shing line for guitar strings and employing a rusty, empty gasoline tank as a drum. They played old Khmer pop songs. [ …]


They performed for themselves and for appreciative audiences of villagers. Other informal musical groups also came together to entertain themselves and others. One day in 1981, I photographed what was generally called the Bamteay Ampil Band.” Gaffar Peang-Meth, November 2016 Cambodian Liberation Songs is a painful call from forgotten resistance fighters.


It is a captivating record, a touching testimony of Cambodian history that brings to the world the breathless voice of these resistance members from the Banteay Ampil Band.


Released in 1983, Cambodian Liberation Songs is a mysterious and overwhelming record. As a genuine piece of history, this “eloquent sadness and fierce passion” runs the gamut of Cambodian music, from folk to rock, expressing their suffering and pain.


On 17 April 1975, the Cambodian people, already crushed under national and international conflicts, was commanded by force to forget their own past; it was Year 0 of the Khmer Rouge calendar. Almost four years of genocide would follow before the start of a war between the Vietnamese army and the Khmer Rouge. Resistance units engaged in the conflict against what they considered a Vietnamese invasion. This record, produced by a resistance group, was given the reference number KHMER 001.


It was undoubtedly the first record composed and performed by non-Khmer Rouge Cambodians after the tragic events of 1975-79. The refugee camp of Ampil, near the Thai border, witnessed the creation of the Banteay Ampil Band. Musicians and female singers who had hidden their talents during the genocide, gathered around the composer and violinist Oum Dara to engage in a new struggle: the resistance. Oum Dara, who had been a composer for Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea among others, adapted several of his creations. It is therefore, with a poignant charm, that the Banteay Ampil Band binds together the golden age of Khmer music from the 1960s with the traditional repertoire and the context of their daily struggles.


Violin, guitar and voices work together to produce melancholic and intense songs – the stirring tone of grief expressed by these resistant fighters. The band went to Singapore to record Cambodian Liberation Songs, the only record of the “Khmer People’s National Liberation Front”.


Bass – In Sambol

Drums – Kheo Dam Pheng

Guitar – Kong Bun Thy

Guitar, Keyboards – Say Samalaine

Liner Notes, Co-producer – Martin Jay

Mastered By – Jean-Pierre Bameulle

Producer – Fabrice Gery

Violin, Keyboards, Arranged By – Oum Dara

Vocals – Khoy Sarim (tracks: 1,3,5,6,10,12), Khuon Khemarin (tracks: 4,6,9,12), Kieng Yuthhan (tracks: 5,6,10), Meas Sopha (tracks: 2,3,6,8), Nehp Davy (tracks: 4,6,7,9,11)

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  • 1. My Last Words00:04:33
  • 2. Please Take Care Of My Mother00:05:03
  • 3. Tuol Tneung (The Hillock Of The Vine)00:05:11
  • 4. Don’t Forget Khmer Blood00:02:30
  • 5. Sereika Armed Forces00:04:52
  • 6. Follow The Front00:03:23
  • 7. I’m Waiting For You00:03:09
  • 8. Please Avenge My Blood, Darling00:05:14
  • 9. Destroy The Communist Viet!00:04:29
  • 10. Look At The Sky00:04:08
  • 11. Vietnamese Sparrows00:04:08
  • 12. The Vietnamese Have Invaded Our Country00:04:28

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