Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Culture of crooning: Ranariddh wows PM with new album

Culture of crooning: Ranariddh wows PM with new album

At a time when he’s facing one of the tensest political periods since the 2013 national elections, Prime Minister Hun Sen last Saturday took time to tell a former bitter enemy he has a “very sweet” voice.

The enemy in question, royalist Funcinpec party leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh, was ousted from the first prime ministership by Hun Sen in a bloody 1997 takeover, but he didn’t let past hostilities stop him from sending the premier an album of himself singing 10 songs written by his father, the late King Norodom Sihanouk.

“I would like to express my highest admiration to the Prince, who sings all the songs very sweetly, suitable for continuing the special royal legacy and historical value of Samdech Ov [Sihanouk], the King Father of National Culture,” said Hun Sen, who is himself an accomplished karaoke songwriter.

In a separate letter to Ranariddh, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong wrote on October 21 that the prince’s voice “reminded me of the sweet voice of the King Father”.

Sihanouk, who died in China in October of 2012, was a prolific composer and filmmaker.

According to Thieng Vandarong, a senior Funcinpec member, most of songs included on the album were composed during Sihanouk’s heyday in the 1960s.

It also included Sihanouk’s last well-known composition, "Goodbye Cambodia", written shortly before his death, he said.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Phnom Penh's Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all, from Kep crab to a new shrimp dish created by the market's owners.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern