Magazine article New Internationalist

They Will Kill You, If You Cry

Magazine article New Internationalist

They Will Kill You, If You Cry

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MUSIC

They Will Kill You, If You Cry

by Khmer Rouge Survivors (Glitterbeat Records 036 CD, LP + digital)

'They Will Kill You, If You Cry' is the third release in Glitterbeat's excellent Hidden Musics series (it follows earlier volumes of music from Hanoi and Mali). It is not the first attempt by any means to salvage Cambodia's pre-war musical culture, but it's valuable for recording what memoires still exist while they are reachable.

This recording takes its title from the experiences of the flautist, Arn Chorn Pond, who, with Thorn Seyma, is one of the album's two musical directors. Pond survived the Khmer Rouge period by playing music to its soldiers; he was later sent into battle against the Vietnamese. They Will Kill You contains 14 songs, all presented very much within the method of Hidden Musics' field-recording practice: these are songs that are heart-felt, raw; songs that still live in their singers. …

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