MONO: “Penh Jet Thai Bong Mouy” by Ros Sereysothea.

THE SONG: Penh Jet Thai Bong Mouy.

WHO: Ros Sereysothea.

WHY IT’S HOT: Ros Sereysothea’s voice is unparalleled in world music. Her range from sorrowful to stand-offish is breathtaking. This song is an amalgam of early 60s California surfer rock interpreted through a rambunctious Southeast Asian prism. Her singing career came to an end when the Khmer Rouge forced her into the country as a farmer then as a military wife. Oh, and the baseline in this song… Amazing.

WANT MORE? Yet another amazing performance.

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