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Sman Chai and Pimpa Best Collection

This is the best collection of Sman Chai & Pimpa album. Hope you can enjoy the songs by two famous Khmer Surin singers, Sman Chai and Pimpa.


1- Kramom Uddor Mean Chey (Sman Chai) [00:00:00
2- Srolanh Srey Khet Kampong Cham (Sman Chai) [00:03:18
3- Sursdey Chhnam Thmey (Sman Chai) [00:07:11
4- Mok Dol Hery (Sman Chai & Pimpa) [00:11:15
5- Kantrum Chang Dai (Sman Chia & Pimpa) [00:18:53
6- Mok Pi Na (Sman Chai & Pimpa) [00:26:10
7- Oy Rok Thmey Song Bong (Sman Chai & Pimpa) [00:31:24
8- Krabei Chul Chek (Sman Chai & Pimpa) [00:37:33
9- Kanh Chanh Chek (Sman Cai & Pimpa) [00:42:04]

History of Kantrum Boran

Kantrum classical music is considered to be part of Khmer identity because only Khmer people can play and enjoy this kind of music, even though Cambodians do not live in the same country. Today, the Khmer people who live in northeast Thailand, in the provinces of Surin-Buriom (Buriram), and Sisaket, still play Kantrum music in some important events.

However, this genre of classical music is getting decline in the near future because of a lack of popularity and conservation attention by the concerned authority in Cambodia.

During an evening gathering in Surin province in 2018, there was Lon Ngam Ro Hang, now in his 70s, is a Kantrum classical musician in Chhouk village, Surin province. He is a classical vocalist who has performed well and has performed in other Thai provinces and also in Cambodia.

He said he has been playing Kantrum since the early thirties through learning from his teachers in three generations. The reason he decided to embark on a classical music career is because of his love for and the desire to preserve this ancient art in the future:

“Do not give up the ancient things we have learned from the teachers; we should love it. I love it even today and I have with me the drum, (Khmer) violin and other instruments because the little boys come surrounding me and said that grandfather Lon of Chhouk village who learned ancient Kantrum from his teacher; never let it go."

Contrary to Lon Ngam Ro Hang's wish that this Kantrum classical music would last long, this kind of music is under decline. There are two main reasons: the first is less popular and the second is lack of conservation and carelessness from Khmer people in Cambodia.

Cambodian archaeologist, cultural and civilization researcher in Surin province notes that this ancient tradition has decreased in popularity with the decline of The same is true of Khmer in Surin province.

"Thirty years ago, classical music was only sung in Khmer, but then mixed in Thai and Thai, and they were more popular."

Take it to a contemporary orchestra. However, the Thai version of the song does not allow the singers to have a good life, because they do not like the song. Thai people and some singers have gone back to singing in Cambodia:

“In the past, there were so many festivals called tea Players to make players work. Later, it is no longer popular, and the young generation has learned how to earn rice. They went to other jobs. The old man will soon be gone. The rapper's song from Mother's Day is over and I can't think of anything to feed myself. Some of those who run for business in Cambodia also survive. I see them singing in America, they can survive, but the original characteristics of the folkloric will disappear. Like the chorus, they still sing in Cambodia. ”

Today, music seems to be very popular in Cambodia because almost every music production produces traditional music at every New Year's festival. Pchum Ben and the Water Festival. And for fun games like weddings or get-togethers, they often play this song to dance.

Professor of inscriptions and history of the Royal University of Phnom Penh Dr Vong Sotheara claims that according to the inscriptions there have been present in Cambodia since pre-Angkor. It is also part of the Cambodian identity. He believes that the soul of classical music will be able to reunite the Khmer people because he sees that traditional music is being received. Very popular among Cambodians in Cambodia today:

“The name Khem is in Khmer, in the former Khmer country. Today, it has become Thailand. Therefore, in ancient times, this kind of music or the concert itself existed throughout the Khmer Empire. In ancient times. It is a kind of intangible heritage that the Khmer pass on from generation to generation through performing arts and performing. There is a fun atmosphere in each of their communities. ”

However, the Khmer language in Cambodia today is popular, not ancient, as mentioned earlier. That.

Researcher of Khmer History, Culture and Civilization in Surin province explains that the difference between the two groups is in terms of the use of emotion and the following. The correct rule:

"It is not something I have to worry about in the past, but I do regret it because you Play the game In ancient and ancient times, we found that different emotions were applied. Exercise like this, but you do not just get muscle mass. It is difficult to practice anything like exercise, but the practitioners respect it. No saampeahkrou perfectly ntru traditional respect for teachers. It is important that we never know for ourselves, but to have teachers. The session is open to just laugh and laugh. There are fewer than 10 groups in the ancient group.

Chey Mongkol claims that the ancient temple has a long history, based on an inscription in present-day Chanthaburi province. The ancient dances have been played by locals in the festival, from birth to death, such as ceremonies, he said. Funerals, weddings, weddings and funerals. But what this researcher is worried about is the loss of ancient culture, a valuable cultural art of the Khmer ancestors. Thousands of years ago, and even more perplexing, this classical music has not received much attention from relevant institutions in Cambodia.

Chey Mongkol claims that he has travelled to Cambodia many times to seek the help of the ancient temple of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. College of music and other arts organizations in Cambodia, but his efforts have not paid off, as the institutions are not. Neglect or ignore If we think this is Khmer, why not help? We Khmer only because this is a problem Khmer don't care about Khmer. How many times I go to (Khmer) and they know In my face, I don't want to say the same thing many times, but just don't see it well.

It is very difficult to ask for something that is not needed. We told them to drop their wallet, we tried to run after them saying this was your wallet, they replied that I didn't take it No. How do we do that? As for the classical musician in Surin, he wanted to train his heritage. Although he was going to train to Phnom Penh, he agreed, but they did not care what kind of push I would. If they do not take it and we talk too much, they will become angry with us. "

The researcher says that what he can do to help preserve this ancient Khmer tradition is to contact those who want to see it. Visit ancient villages to watch local village performances and record old videos for the next generations.
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