Cambodian Hailed as National Superstar
The sweet sounds of Meng Keo Pichda can be heard coming
from television sets, radios, and cassette shops throughout the country.
|Meng Keo Pichda was destined to be a singing
sensation. She grew up in a musically minded family and the guidance and
careful teaching of her parents helped to develop her extraordinary singing
Her father is renowned as a master of the Khmer troh (violin) and her mother was also a popular traditional singer in the 1960s.
"I always wanted to be a singer ...it feels natural when I sing on stage," she said recently.
At the age of eight, Meng Keo Pichda rose to stardom by winning the prestigious Channel 10 national singing contest. For the next six years, she was awarded best female singer in Cambodia.
Meng Keo Pichda was not a teen-age one-hit wonder. She has produced over 50 CDs in her short career. In Cambodia, producing one CD a month is normal. Her latest CD, "Missing You," has sold over 5000 copies during the last three months.
On stage Meng Keo Pichda looks like a princess and mesmerizes audiences with a velvet soft voice. She sings with passion and tenderness and uses her voice as an instrument.
Her presence is enhanced by slow hand movements and facial expressions.
Glittering costumes and traditional jewelry add an exotic touch.
Differing from most Cambodian singers, Meng Keo Pichda has written most of her songs for the last two years.
"When I feel good I sit down and write," she said. She likes to sing about love and romance.
"I like to sing traditional Cambodian songs rather than dance music".
By Andy Holloway
THE CAMBODIA DAILY
Circus Artistes Tumble for Fun
Under the burned-out rafters of the Tonle Bassac Theater,
members of Cambodia’s national circus troupe are tumbling, leaping and
diving to the thump of the drums, to the delight of the small group of
curious onlookers who tap their feet to the bass rhythm.
By Rachel Watson
and Touch Rotha
THE CAMBODIA DAILY