Dancers in traditional Khmer dress prepare to perform at the Angkor temple complex. Khmer culture almost vanished during the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge communists in the 1970s, but Cambodians today are reclaiming their inheritance.
Please talk to me about Cambodian psychedelic rock!! You've piqued my interest!
omg it’s the fucking best. In the late 1960s- early 1970s, Phnom Penh had a thriving rock ‘n’ roll scene, taking in American music brought by the nearby Vietnam war and combining it with traditional Khmer singing and instrumentation. The result was some of the most creative music of the era.
Then the Khmer Rouge came in and literally killed everyone. It’s both amazing and incredibly depressing.