Cambodia’s SEA Games 32 anthem goes viral

By Ha Thu   April 20, 2023 | 03:28 pm PT
“Cambodia Pride”, the official anthem of the 32nd Southeast Asian Games, has garnered 50 million online views after just 10 days of release.

The song is performed by singers Preap Sovath, Khemarak Sereymun, Khem and Ton Chanseyma. Since its release on YouTube on April 10, the song has attracted over 14,000 comments of people from different countries, including Vietnam. Many complimented the song for its catchy and fun melody, as well as the use of multiple traditional Cambodian musical instrumentals.

"Cambodian people and culture also are so beautiful. The song is really meaningful to Khmer people. Sincerely from Vietnam," user Quang Viet Nguyen commented.

Ton Chanseyma, one of the four singers on Cambodia Pride. Photo by Ton Chanseyma Instagram

Ton Chanseyma, one of the four singers, performs "Cambodia Pride". Photo by Ton Chanseyma Instagram

"Kudos to the entire team. Awsome song, lyrics and choreography. As a Malaysian living in Cambodia I feel so proud," user Iwan Yan commented.

The music video for the song was filmed in capital Phnom Penh, with the dancers performing traditional Cambodian dances. Some famous places in the country such as Morodok Techo Stadium, Angkor Wat, Neak Loeung Bridge and several signature Cambodian dishes were also presented. In addition, a few sports including Cambodia's traditional martial arts Kun Khmer were included.

Sea Games 32 will take place from May 5 to 17 in Phnom Penh. The opening ceremony will be held on May 5 at Morodok Techo Stadium.

This year’s event will feature 37 sports, in which, men's football will start early from April 29. The Vietnamese sports delegation attend the event with 1,003 members, including more than 700 athletes.

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