THE GOLDEN VOICE Book Launch
Organized by AVATAR and BOPHANA Center
Ros Serey Sothea was Cambodia’s most beloved female pop singer of the 60-70’s era, until her mysterious disappearance in the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge.
A haunting portrait of a young woman who would forever change the landscape of Cambodian rock n’ roll, The Golden Voice traces the unlikely music career of rice farmer-turned-singer Ros Serey Sothea during the 1960’s and 70’s. Her success in the recording industry defied all odds, capturing the hearts of the Cambodian people. Throughout her career, Sothea recorded over 500 songs, with her signature angelic voice soaring over every conceivable genre, from bolero to romantic ballads to psychedelic rock.
As Cambodia exploded into a brutal civil war, Sothea’s singing career remained ever prolific, even when she joined the army as one of the country’s first female paratroopers. After years of bloody conflict, the communist Khmer Rouge seized control, bringing Cambodia’s golden age of music into a dark era of silence. Most artists, including Ros Serey Sothea, were murdered.
Ros Serey Sothea’s golden voice lives on in the popular music of Cambodia to this very day. Gone but not forgotten, her legacy continues to inspire.