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\”Kambuja or Kamboja is the ancient Sanskrit name of the Kambojas, an early tribe of North India, named after their founder, Kambu Svayambhuva.\” Appearing in long player format on 1970\’s \”Reggae Movement\”, released through producer Harry Johnson\’s Harry J Records, I am assuming this rocksteady gem was first issued as a 45 on the same label; circa 1969. I am by no means certain.That it predates the dark days of the Khmer Rouge is beyond doubt, perhaps even coinciding with the US backed military coup of 1970 – led by Prime Minister General Lon Nol and Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak – which ousted the neutral Prince Sihanouk, formerly Cambodia\’s sovereign king.
Between 1969 and 1973, US aviation forces repeatedly organized bombing raids in Cambodia in a misguided effort to annihilate Viet Cong factions sheltered by the Khmer Rouge. Reportedly, some two million rural Cambodians were uprooted as a result. They sought refuge in Phnom Penh. Indirectly, this coup led to Sihanouk forging an alliance with the party in Beijing; escalating recruitment into the Khmer Rouge and facilitating Pol Pot\’s seizing control in 1975.
Cue Jello Biafra.
▼ BLAKE BOY: CAMBODIA from \”Reggae Movement\” LP (Harry J Records) 1970 (Jamaica)