Ros Sereysothea

Ros Serey Sothea was a supernova of Cambodian pop during the pre-Khmer Rouge cultural renaissance in Phnom Penh. You’d have to be deaf to ignore the preternatural quality of her voice. Serey Sothea’s brief life was snuffed out at its peak, possibly by Pol Pot himself after she was forced to marry one of his assistants. Her story, for me, reinforces the idea that we are occasionally wonderfully creative spectres who shove broken vases through the violent ether of life and emerge with bouquets of stinking flowers.

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