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Cambodia: Songs about Facebook

Written by Sopheap Chak

The role of Facebook in facilitating protest actions has been affirmed in the Tunisia and Egypt uprisings. Governments in many countries, including China, are wary of the political activities of their citizens on Facebook. Meanwhile, in Cambodia, Facebook is not yet considered a threat by the government.

Politicians led by Prime Minister Hun Sen (who has been in power since 1985) have created their Facebook pages where they interact with Cambodian citizens and netizens.

But there is a new and interesting trend in the country: Cambodians are creating songs about Facebook.

The pop music industry has produced a number of songs related to facebook. Cambodia Khmer Magazine, though claiming not a fan of these songs, is impressed that many Cambodians are thoroughly enjoying these ‘Facebook songs.'

Below are examples of the ‘Facebook songs' uploaded on YouTube:

  1. ហ្វេសប៊ុក រំខានស្នេហ៍ (Facebok disturbs my love) 
  2. ហ្វេសប៊ុកផ្តាច់ស្នេហ៍ (Facebook ends love)
  3. ផ្តើមលេងហ្វេសប៊ុកផ្តើមមានស្នេហ៍ (Start having Facebook, love exist)
  4. មិត្តភ័ក្រ្តហ្វេសប៊ុក​អើយ! សង្សារខ្ញុំទាត់ចោល (Facebook friend! My girlfriend kicked me off)
  5. ស្រក់ទឹកភ្នែក​ពេល​លេង​ហ្វេសប៊ុក (Tear drop when surfing on Facebook)
  6. ផ្ងើទឹកភ្នែក​តាម​ហេ្វសប៊ុក (Tear sent via Facebook)
  7. ហ្វេសប៊ុកធ្វើឲ្យឈឺចាប់ (Suffered by Facebook)
  8. មួយយប់ជាមួយហ្វេសប៊ុក (A night with Facebook)
  9. ហ្វេសប៊ុកចាំស្នេហ៍ (Facebook waits love)

Khmerbird is surprised about the emergence of these songs, but somehow expressed his agreement to the meaning of some songs that blamed Facebook for the breakdown of relationships. In his article on “Effect of Facebook have been written in Cambodian song,” Khmerbird wrote:

“It seems a bit surprise when I hear the song but it might be true somehow.”

Khmerbird cites a song by Khemarak Sereymon, titled ហ្វេសប៊ុក រំខានស្នេហ៍ (Facebook disturbs my love), and explains its message:

“He stated in the song that since there’s Facebook, his girlfriend seems not to take care of him like before. He felt like he is totally abandoned. His girlfriend spent her time to connect with different people via Facebook. This of course could cause a serious effect in the relationship.”

In Cambodia, there are only about 250,000 Facebook users accounting for 1.73% penetration rate in the country, according to socialbakers.com. But with politicians endorsing Facebook and artists creating songs about the popular social networking site, Facebook would definitely attract more users in Cambodia.

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