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Sngoun Kavei Sereyroth, 18, plays the harp. Supplied

Sngoun Kavei Sereyroth, 18, plays both traditional and Western music on her gold-painted pin harp, a boat-shaped Khmer instrument.

“I have been playing the harp since 2012; this instrument was lost for around 1,000 years before being revived in that year. As a Khmer, I want to be able to preserve and keep it alive by learning and performing it for people throughout the country,” Ms Sereyroth said.

Ms Sereyroth said the main reason she continues to study and perform the instrument is that she doesn’t want it to disappear again.

She comes from a family of traditional musicians and has had musical talent since she was born.

In future she intends to continue her musical training at university, where she wants to study piano and hospitality.

“My father wants me to study piano because it’s an instrument that requires the use of 10 fingers; if I know how to use all my fingers it will be easy to play other instruments,” she added.

Ms Sereyroth urged young Cambodians to take up Khmer traditional instruments rather than opting to play modern instruments.

Finally, she said she was proud to be one of the few women in Cambodia playing the traditional Khmer harp.

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