They write……….A musician’s life can be tough, we know. But we’d be willing to bet that most musicians reading this never had their master tapes destroyed by a genocidal, totalitarian regime. Yet that’s exactly what happened to Drakkar, who went from releasing the biggest-selling album in Cambodian history to having all trace of their existence — photos as well as music — eradicated by the brutal Khmer Rouge.
The band’s guitarist, Som Sareth, and the bassist, Oeu Sam Ol, were never seen nor heard from again by the time the Khmer Rouge were removed from power in 1979.
Miraculously three members of the band survive: H.E. Touch Tana, H.E, Ouk Sam Ath and Touch Chhatha. After the Khmer Rouge were forced from power by the Vietnamese, Ouk Sam Ath and Touch Chhatha returned to work in the music industry for Cambodian National Radio. Tana now works for the Cambodian government on fisheries management and environmental conservation.