Khmer Music, A Rich Musical Tradition

Music in the country of Cambodia has a lengthy and wealthy history, dating back to the era of the Khmer empire. More lately it was colored by western affects, especially after the demise of the Communist regime in the nation. Cambodia is known both for its folk and classical compositions plus its prevalent music.

The folk music of Cambodia has its origins in historic instances, and is considered to portray Hindu affects in its melodies and structure. The Siem Reap region is popular for its kantrum music that is considered derived from Thai custom. Cambodian music is inseparable within the dance types of the country, very religious dances which depict myths and legends of the Cambodian custom. These dances are usually accompanied by a pinpeat orchestra featuring instruments including the roneat (bamboo xylophone), ching (cymbal), sralay (oboe), pia au (flute), gong (bronze gong), chappay (bass banjo), tro (violin) plus different types of drums.

Each movement done by the dancer represents a specific idea or thought, or aims to convey a specific content. Classical music and dance in Cambodia were revived in the 1960s by the patronage of Princess Norodom Bopha Devi.

Cambodian common music has gained a perfect following in the nation, and can be subdivided into the ramkbach and ramvong designs. Ramkbach is affiliated with all the folk music of Thailand, while ramvong is diagnosed as slow paced dance music.

Modern music has created strong inroads into the mindsets of Cambodians, very the young, with various songs accompanied by a movie featuring an actor or actress (or both) dancing and moving their mouth as if they were really singing the song.

Today music is inextricably connected to the prevalent culture of Cambodia and is a main source of entertainment for the masses. Cambodian music is enthralling and inspiring, and presents a distinctive idea or story to the listener. Renowned Cambodian artistes include Sinn Sisamouth, Pan Ron, Ros Sereysothia, Meng Keo Pichenda, Lour Sarith and Noy Vannet.

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