Cambodia was perhaps like no other in Asia; Khmer musicians of the era were influenced by western R&B, rock n' roll, Afro Cuban and French pop. They took all these sounds and added a heavy dose of Cambodian musical culture. It all ended on April 17, 1975, the day the Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh. Many of the artists where executed or sent away to prison camps to die. This Friday marks the 40th anniversary of that fateful day and the darkness that followed. Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia brings us some of the music and stories of the artists of that era for this week’s Global Notes.
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