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Singer: Cambodian Art Heritage Remains Strong

Cambodia's artists should remember the heritage of the country's past, in order to maintain self identity, culture and originality, a well-known singer said Monday.

"Some of them do not know about it," Ieng Sithul, president of the Khmer Artist Association. "We have our own culture and arts from our ancestors, who left it for us."

Artists are criticized in Cambodia for the words they use, the imitation of foreign songs and sometimes dressing provocatively.

Ieng Sithul, a well-known singer, said on "Hello VOA" Monday his association worked to reform artistic performances, though he admitted that the "individual or public [artist] is hard to control."

In the near future, he said, he hoped to contact foreign embassies and remind them to bring artists into the country through the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the Khmer Artists Association.