Young Singer-Songwriters Hope to Revitalize Cambodian Music Industry

These young artists were selected to come to America on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Washington, D.C – Van Chesda has craved the attention of his father since as far back as he can remember. But rather than wallow in self-pity after his father walked out on the family, he has turned the unrequited love between father and son into creative inspiration for his singing and song-writing career.

Chesda, 23, wrote and sang the song “Lok Pa”, or “Father”, in late 2014 to beg for his father’s return.

“This song is about my feeling toward my beloved father, who left me since when I was little and who failed to provide me paternal warmth”, he said.

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