Alexandra Bounxouei: The Lao Princess of Pop

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.”

Love You, Alexandra! (Hub 28/30)

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Comments 37 comments

fierycj profile image

fierycj 7 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

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


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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


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andromida 7 years ago

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.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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!


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andromida 7 years ago

Thanks dohn. I think she is a complete diva.


dude 7 years ago

i dont think she is 21, she looks very old


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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.


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Lgali 7 years ago

I love all videos thanks


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Lgali. I appreciate your comments!


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awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

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


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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


dokdumduan 7 years ago

hahahaha dohn so you not steal her heart?


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

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.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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 :)


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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

Nice hub!

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


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

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...


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

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


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

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.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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!


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Model-Space 6 years ago from Neu-Ulm, Germany

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


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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


Tar 6 years ago

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


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

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


AphisithVilalay 6 years ago

WIFEY...I love you!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I love her too ;) Thanks buddy.


kalnoy 6 years ago

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...


Nlee 6 years ago

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.


NLee 6 years ago

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


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Alphabet Rioa 6 years ago from Central Eastern Africa

Good Hub.

thirty days makes it two.

Good day to you. Alphabet Rioa


kal d 5 years ago

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...


susumiyaharuhi03@gmail.com 4 years ago

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


Janet Chantha 4 years ago

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


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DFiduccia 4 years ago from Las Vegas

dohn121,

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

DF.

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