The Last of the Emperor’s Line

It is safe to say that everyone born in Cambodia knows of Sin Sisamuth, the Kingdom’s greatest singer and composer of all time. His singing voice, lyrics, and melody, are still enjoyed by people of all ages up to this day, earning him the nickname “the Golden-voiced Emperor”. Since his cruel demise at the hands of Khmer Rouge over 40 years ago, Sisamuth’s family has been trying to preserve and continue his legacy. However, the bequest is now at risk due to the early deaths of his son and grandson. Now, only his youngest granddaughter is shouldering the legendary name in the field.

A narrow road branching off Phnom Pen’s Hun Sen Boulevard leads to a small borey complex in Chak Anre Krom.

In front of one of the houses, two middle-aged men are spending their Saturday evening playing Ouk (Khmer Chess) while listening to Kolab Battambang (The Flower of Battambang), one of the most well-known songs by the legendary singer Sin Sisamuth, on their smartphones.

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