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Cambodian pop stars a hit in Japan


The pair arrived home at Phnom Penh airport on Tuesday night. Photograph: supplied

Famous singer Chhayly Dalen and her on stage partner Alex Chentra have long been rumoured to be a more than just a duo - but she has now found another singer to work with.

The singer has hooked up – professionally – with Rotank Piseth, and this week returned from Japan after touring ther country, including a headline show in Tokyo.

She was nervous about performing with a new partner but said there had been “no probelms”at all durng the tour.

Dalen was recently criticised for her scantily clad costumes on a recent tour of the US, but maintains she is a professional performer who wants to look her best.

The Japanese tour was the first time Piseth has performed overseas, but the pair rehearsed thedir show many times before hitting the international stage.

“I had deep concerns to perform as well as I could,’’ he told 7Days at the airport. But ït went really well. There were no problems at all. I’ll contine to do my best.”

The new duo were invited to tour Japan by the Khmer Association of expats living in Japan and it lasted for one month.

Other performers such as singer Chhoun Srey Mao and comedian Sok Chan Thida accompanjied them.

“I don’t know how many Khmer people were at the concerts we did our best and thre audiences enjoyed our show,’’ he said.

Dalen added “I’m proud of what we achieved over there.’’

To contact the reporter on this story: Seth Kimsoeurn at



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