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Alexandra Bounxouei: The Lao Princess of Pop

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Dohn121 is a freelance writer who currently resides in the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains of New York's famed Hudson Valley.

Courtesy AlexandraBounxouei.com

Courtesy AlexandraBounxouei.com

Alexandra Bounxouei's Interview (Lao)

Who is Alexandra Bounxouei?

Chances are, unless you are Lao (like me) or Bulgarian, you've never heard of Alexandra Bounxouei (pronounced boon-soo). As her title indicates, Alexandra or Sandra for short, is currently the reigning Pop Princess of Laos. Ask any citizen of Laos and he or she will tell you that Alexandra is, "the Jewel of Laos." She is multi-talented in all aspects of music, as she can sing, dance and can also play guitar, piano, and violin with some of the best. In her interview (on the immediate right) she explains much about herself, as many believe that she is now on the move and is on the cusp of international fame. Please watch her interview as it serves as a viable precursor to my hub.

Alexandra's Videos

I realize that the videos here are NOT in ENGLISH as they are in fact in Lao (with some Thai mixed in there as well). My intent in writing and sharing this hub is not to alienate anyone! I too am a music lover and believe that that there is all sorts of great music in this world, regardless if we understand its lyrics or not. Music is in fact universal and can be deciphered by all as whether or not it falls under the category of favorable or unfavorable music. Hopefully, you'll agree that Alexandra's music is the latter! Should you have any questions, please ask me in the COMMENTS section of this hub. Please enjoy!

Background

Alexandra Thidavanh Bounxouei was born on May 28, 1987. She was born and raised in her native Laos. Her father is Lao and her mother is Bulgarian which explains why she speaks both Lao and Bulgarian. Music is literally in her blood, as both her parents graduated from the Music Academy in Bulgaria and both work for the Ministry of Information and Culture. In addition to speaking Lao and Bulgarian she also speaks English and Thai (Lao and Thai are very similar) and is currently in Japan where she is studying for a graduate degree in media design while learning Japanese—typical pop star!

Living a Dream

Her debut album is titled, "Dream" which was produced by Lao Art Media. The album was released when when she was only sixteen years old. On the day her album was in fact released, she truly believed that she was living a dream, because all through out her life, she aspired to one day become a singer. The trusted source of news and information site VOANEWS.COM (Voice of America) claimed her as being the "New phenomenon in the entertainment scene in Laos. The website, Laopress.com says this about Laos' jewel:

"The most well known, young, beautiful, poignant, articulated, talented diplomat of Laos is Alexandra Bounxouei. She has toured across continents - Europe, America, and Asia – Laos, Thailand, Korea, Japan, China [while] representing her country as well as herself [while] performing her music. Thus she puts her country on the world map [and] people are noticing."

Beyond Music

In addition to being a singer, she is an all-around musician as she can also play piano, guitar, and in the majority of her songs, she plays violin; she usually does her own solos. She’s also known to write her own songs too. Alexandra also starred in a Thai television comedy series titled, Pleng Ruk Rim Fung Khong, in which she is the lead female in the show and Weir Sukollawat Kanarot, a Thai actor and singer is her male counterpart. A few of her songs and videos are posted here, titled, Bor Luem Sun Ya and Bor Hoo Pen Yung. I've posted two versions of Bor Luem Sun Ya: One live and one that was made into a video.

Moreover, it's important to note that while Alexandra is not in school studying, recording, writing music, or practicing music, she is raising money throughout the world. As Laopress.com had pointed out, she has traveled throughout the world not only to tour, but also to raise money for children back in her native Laos. Even now with Laos' growing popularity, it's still considered a very poor country and is in much need. She gives back just as much as she receives. Alexandra wholeheartedly believes in her cause and so continues to raise money for it--no wonder she is loved by millions. She's relentless in her charity.

Hobbies and other Musical Interests

Although with all of her fame and fortune, she still considers herself "confident but shy." She still holds true to herself and tries to live a normal life. Alexandra's hobbies include dancing, skating, swimming, reading mysteries, shopping, watching TV and listening to music of all genres, including and not up to classical music, namely Vivaldi and Mozart. Her message to her fans is, “Do what satisfies you and do it your best.”

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Comments

DFiduccia from Las Vegas on April 14, 2012:

dohn121,

Thanks for the introduction to this beautiful and talented young lady. I'm now a fan. ...voted up.

DF.

Janet Chantha on March 29, 2012:

Alexandra was born in Bulgaria, not Laos, but she was raised Laos.

susumiyaharuhi03@gmail.com on March 26, 2012:

Alexandra is great, she is so good, thanks fot the information, now I know more of her!!!!

kal d on February 04, 2011:

hey there!

... any body kwows what's going on w/ sandra b. these days? what's good news? hope u r allright n doing well.

miss u...

Alphabet Rioa from Central Eastern Africa on October 20, 2010:

Good Hub.

thirty days makes it two.

Good day to you. Alphabet Rioa

NLee on October 15, 2010:

I wish the very best for you Sandra and I will pray for your success.....Love You always!!!!!

Nlee on October 15, 2010:

I wanted to say that Sandra is a great performer. Regardless of Nampheng (Honey) Meungchan and her husband try to destroy her reputation by spreading rumors that she wish she was born to be thai person. "Not true" she is more of a lao person than those idiots. Anyway, at least she doesn't married to someone else husband just to come to united state and claim that she is too good to sing at any concert that won't pay her $3000 or more for 5 songs.

kalnoy on August 30, 2010:

thank a million to sandra bounxouei. you are the best news out of laos in many ages. hopefully, you can help welcome laos to the world. wish you a lot of success and happiness in your life journey. more power to you and show the world.

vive laos...

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on June 20, 2010:

I love her too ;) Thanks buddy.

AphisithVilalay on June 16, 2010:

WIFEY...I love you!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on May 14, 2010:

Thanks Tar for the comment. I hope her popularity only grows from here on out.

Tar on May 14, 2010:

Good job Alexandra...cheer! we are waiting for your new job after you graduate...support you as always

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on January 25, 2010:

Thank you, Model-Space. I'm glad that I was able to introduce her to you.

Rod Meier from Neu-Ulm, Germany on January 25, 2010:

Alexandra has some nice songs. I did not know her before reading your hub. Thanks for writing.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on January 04, 2010:

Thanks, TFT. Forget about that guy! I'm being diplomatic and so am sticking to my comment :D Notice the sarcasm ;) Alexandra is really the epitome of everything that is right about Laos. I'm proud of her and so are a legion of her fans. Thanks again!

Truth From Truth from Michigan on January 04, 2010:

She really has a nice voice, She is also very attractive. Excellent article Dohn. I'm not sure what the guy that calls himself dude was looking at his comments had no point. Thanks Dohn.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 16, 2009:

Thanks James, for reading this. Yep, you could say that she's the entire package!

James A Watkins from Chicago on November 16, 2009:

She is talented and gorgeous. Wow! A Jewel indeed. Thanks for the illumination.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 03, 2009:

Hello, Pretty. Yes, safe to say, I'm a big fan of her's. Thank you for the compliment! I'm on the fence about changing my avatar back, as my buddy Emie already made a pact with me to keep our Halloween ones, LOL. I just might surprise you. That's great that you named your daughter Alexandra, as it's one of my favorite names! I'm sure she just as pretty if not more so :D

prettydarkhorse from US on November 03, 2009:

Hi there Dohn, she is very pretty and I liked her singing voice and face, plus the intelligence...I have a daughter named Alexandra...

you have got a good taste of woman....like your new avatar, but miss that smiling eyes and face...

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 18, 2009:

Hey buddy. Thank you. She's of course a favorite of mine :D Thanks for checking her out ;)

Ultimate Hubber on October 18, 2009:

Nice hub!

Height of beauty man! And a great voice of course.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 20, 2009:

Hahaha, Ixxy. That's great to hear from you. I guess all of us have a different perception of what talent really is. Did I mention that she's also a devout Buddhist? She definitely won my heart. Thank you for the comment :)

lxxy from Beneath, Between, Beyond on September 20, 2009:

Now this is a pop star I can truly say deserves the limelight. Wow, actual talent.

Makes me wonder even more what Brittany Spears is doing, besides shaking T'n'A.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 03, 2009:

Oh, I wish! She's perfect, isn't she? Maybe one day here and I will sing a duet together!

dokdumduan on September 03, 2009:

hahahaha dohn so you not steal her heart?

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 01, 2009:

She always manages to steal my heart whenever I watch and listen to her! Thanks!

awsydney from Sydney, Australia on September 01, 2009:

Beauty and brains, what a lethal combo!!!! Thanks for sharing Dohn.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 31, 2009:

Thanks, Lgali. I appreciate your comments!

Lgali on August 31, 2009:

I love all videos thanks

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 31, 2009:

Thanks, dude. Yep, she 22: She turned 22 on May, 28. Thanks for the comment! I guess everyone has a right to their own opinion...I'm sure she would appreciate it.

dude on August 31, 2009:

i dont think she is 21, she looks very old

syras mamun on August 23, 2009:

Thanks dohn. I think she is a complete diva.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 23, 2009:

Well, she is mixed-half Bulgarian and half Lao. Many Thai do tend to be a bit pale, but some are as dark as some Africans too! Those people are called, Thai-Dham, or "Black-Thai." But aside from anything else, I think she's gorgeous :) Thanks for coming by, andromida!

syras mamun on August 23, 2009:

Thanks Dohn for introducing us with this stunning star.I loved the videos very much.Are there any similarity between the Lao and Thai language,she also looks a bit like Thai.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 23, 2009:

Thanks Fiery. I've only learned about her three years ago--at almost the same time the western world did. One of the things that I found out is that the information on her was indeed hard to find. Let me know if you find anything else about her :D

fierycj on August 23, 2009:

Alexandria seems like a face I've seen on CNN sometime. But Thanks anyways, Buddy, I'll be checking her out. :)