Kea Sokun worked at a local labor rights NGO and now plans to continue writing songs. (Jack Brook/VOD)

Cambodian Rap’s Beaten-Down Social Conscience

Many young Cambodian rappers are steering clear of social commentary in their lyrics, making artists like Kea Sokun part of a small cohort of musicians rapping about social justice and economic inequity, though laden with nationalistic overtones.

Rapper Kea Sokun. (Sokun Club)

Young Rapper Found Guilty of Incitement, Jailed for 12 Months

A 22-year-old musician who rapped nationalist lyrics about “the bravery to stand up” has been found guilty of incitement and jailed for 12 months, while an underage collaborator who apologized in court was handed a suspended sentence and freed.