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Cambodian pop music: Dengue Fever

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Yesterday I had an overwhelming longing for Southeast Asia. This is slightly odd, considering that when I was in Southeast Asia in the fall, the travel was a little intense; but isn’t the grass always greener on the other side? Since returning I have come to realize that deep down I loved it, enough that I miss it. A lot. So there I was on Sunday night, desperately missing Cambodia. As I read through travel guides to Phnom Penh on Travelhappy I had the urge to find some non-profit, book a ticket, and cross the Pacific as soon as possible. Instead I cam across Dengue Fever. Not the disease, but the band.

Based out of Los Angeles, the band mixes Cambodian pop music with a whole lot of other sounds, mainly rock influenced, to create a sound that is pretty great. The group is five American alternative rockers, headed up by a female Cambodian singer, Chhom Nimol. Basically the music is a lot of Khmer lyrics mixed with some alternative, psychedelic, and dance sounds, providing for a different kind of World Music.

To feed your need for Cambodia, you can check them out on their Myspace page or at Last.fm.

Written by Anna Brones

February 25, 2008 at 08:59

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