The Cambodian singer who kept the ’60s rocking around the world

Kak Channthy, lead vocalist and songwriter of The Cambodian Space Project, grew up admiring Khmer rock heroes and became a musical ambassador, before her life was cut short by a traffic accident in Phnom Penh

Inspired as she was by Cambodia’s 1960s rock ’n’ roll and determined to keep it alive, it seems particularly cruel that the death of Cambodian Space Project vocalist Kak Channthy at the age of 38 so closely mirrored the trajectories of her own idols; killed before their time as the Khmer Rouge sought to snuff out any memories of that golden age.

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