So Savoeun

With one of the most distinctive voices in all of Cambodian music, So Savoeun was a popular female singer during the 60s and 70s, and she has continued to make music for many years.  Specializing in slower romantic and sad songs, her beautiful, deeply soulful and penetrating voice leaves the listener emotionally saturated.
So Savoeun Live from Cambodia in the early 80s
(clip from a documentary)

So Savoeun was one of the most popular female singers in Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh in April of 1975.  Her many fans appreciated the level of feeling that she put into every song, whether rock and roll or traditional Khmer music.  She was frequently paired with the male singer/comedian Meas Samon - in their many duets together, both singers would impress audiences with their emotional and meaningful deliveries.

Of the many great musicians living before the communist take-over, So Savoeun is one of the very few to have survived the next four years.  She fled to Thailand before the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh, and then made her way to France with her husband.  Today, she continues to live just outside of Paris.
Jeith Khmai Min Lognon Klov - Savoeun & Samon

Even now, So Savoeun is still singing.  Sharing her beautiful voice with the world, she has perfomed in France, Cambodia and the United States, and probably some other places too.  (One visitor to this site was lucky enough to see her perform live in New York City during the 1990s.)  So Savoeun is also featured in a new French documentary called "Les Artistes Khmers", a short film about Khmer artists now living in France.  (I am currently working on getting a copy of this film - when I do, I will try to let people know how to get it.)

If anybody has any more information or images of this great singer, please contact me.

So Savoeun - Les Artistes Khmers
So Savoeun & Les Artistes Khmers Co-Producer

her music

So Savoeun Solo
So Savoeun Duets
Derm Kor Kee 
Komrong Pka Muy 
Neak Poan 
Oh Po Pich Chiep
Orh! Pka Ler Maek
Pleang Kjol Savaran 
Pleang 100 Meh
Roeung Snaeh Khnyom
Siat Popich Porm Pka
Snaeha Tleak Tik Lou 
Steung Sen Paris 
Yerng Rorm Teng Oss Knea
Dek Tgnai Somchai Tok Yub 
So Savoeun & Meas Samon
Jeith Khmai Min Lognon Klov
So Savoeun & Meas Samon
Ka Ek Bowl 
So Savoeun & Meas Samon
Oy Ter Ban 
So Savoeun & Sisamouth
Rolem Thok Thok
So Savoeun & Meas Samon
Srey Sros Komlos Jreim 
So Savoeun & Meas Samon

Ba Lay Lia - Savoeun & Sisamouth



Fan Pages/Free Music

Khmer Music Revival
A Classic Khmer Music Fan Page

Khmer Radio Sitya
Fan Page, with cool images and original songs from original vintage Cambodian records

So Savoeun Fan Page
A great page about So Savoeun, one of many pages for great Khmer signers of the past

Khmer Future
Free Khmer Music and Karaoke videos, a great resource

MyKhmer - Oldies Music
Good Selection of Free Sereysothea and other Khmer Oldies

Khmer Music Shops

Khmer Rocks
Over 1000 Sereysothea songs, a Giant Selection of Khmer Music
Another Good and Cheap Selection of Khmer Music

Khmer Original Oldies
A new website with a nice selection of cheap and unedited Khmer music
The Web's best selection of Khmer Karaoke DVDs
Les Artistes Khmers
Films About Khmer Music

The Golden Voice
Beautiful Short Film about Ros Sereysothea, winner of best short film Cambo-fest 2007 - Preview on the videos page (Now available on DVD)

Don't Think I've Forgotten
Documentary Film about the Khmer Rock Scene of the 60's and 70's - Preview on the videos page

Sleepwalking Through the Mekong
A documentary film about Dengue Fever's journey and concert tour in Cambodia, a homecoming for singer Chhom Nimol and a spiritual odyssey for the rest of the band as they perform with master musicians and record new songs along the way.

Don't Think I've Forgotten Trailer

Some Other Links
Cambodia... A Tribute
This page describes and provides audio samples of some of the most popular rhythms used in Cambodian music.

Dengue Fever
Los Angeles based rock band who play some Cambodian oldies covers

Documentation Center of Cambodia
This group works to raise awareness about the Cambodian genocide.  They have a chilling collection of Khmer Rouge songs perfomed by some of the great singers of the era.
This is a micro-finance co-op, where regular people team up to loan small amounts of money to small business owners in poor countries.  Often, a few hundred dollar loan can make a big difference to someone runnng a small family business in a country like Cambodia.  Just $25 can be a significant part of a life changing loan for the person that you select.


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