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Relive the 60s with K’n’E

Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan / Khmer Times Share:
Dancing to K’n’E’s songs in Oscar’s on the Corner. Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan

K’n’E is the weekend house band in Oscar’s on the Corner, St.13 and St. 104, featuring Srey Ka, Ratha, Sophal, Thearoth and the inimitable Oscar himself, playing classic rock and Golden Era favourites.

If you are nostalgic about the 1960s and 1970s, then Oscar’s is the place to be with house speakers blaring the Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bee Gees and the Beatles. The place itself has a retro feel to it, with a big wall painting of Chuck Berry behind the bar.

The 1960s was the golden age of pop in Cambodia with rock-n-roll made popular by performers like Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea. When Cambodia was plunged into the Vietnam War, with the American carpet-bombing of the Cambodian countryside, US military advisers made their way to the country. With these US military personnel, came hard-rock and soul.

K’n’E normally open their set with CCR’s “Suzie Q” with Oscar on vocals and drums. Srey Ka then takes to the stage and belts out “Love Portion No. 9” made popular by the Clovers in 1959. In the 1960s, Ros Serey Sothea recorded Khmer versions of “Love Portion No. 9” and Nancy Sinatra’s hit “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”.

Srey Ka, usually warms up in the second set after 11:00 PM. That’s the time Oscar invites guest musicians to play with K’n’E and the floor space in front of the stage could be transformed into a big dance floor.

Check K’n’E out this weekend in Oscar’s and relive the Flower Power nights. We desperately need them in these crazy times!

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