A Change of Guard

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Dengue Fever band returns to Kingdom

Dengue Fever have been performing since 2002.

Friday, 14 October 2011
Kyle Sherer
Phnom Penh Post

The Los Angeles-based rock group headed by Khmer songstress Chhom Nimol will tour Cambodia this November, recording the concerts for a possible live album next year

Like so many rock and roll babies, Dengue Fever was conceived in the back seat of a car. The year was 1997, and organist Ethan Holtzman was driving through Cambodia while his friend sweated through an outbreak of dengue fever and 1960s Khmer rock blasted out of the cassette player. From that hallucinatory soup, the idea to form a band and bring back Cambodian classic rock was born.

Holtzman returned to Los Angeles with a collection of Khmer pop music and recruited the rest of the band, which is headlined by Khmer singer Chhom Nimol.

Dengue Fever has been swelling in popularity ever since, and 2011 has proven to be an especially big year for the group: fresh off the release of Cannibal Courtship, their fourth full-length album, the band announced last week that it will return to Cambodia for a new Southeast Asian tour next month, and will launch its own record label later this year. Read the rest of this interesting article at the Phnom Penh Post.

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