Title: Dengue Fever
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Description: LUNAFACE Promotions present: DENGUE FEVER
Dengue Fever is a six-member band from Los Angeles who combine Cambodian pop music and lyrics with psychedelic rock.
The band was formed in 2001 by Ethan Holtzman and his brother Zac after Ethan was inspired by a trip to Cambodia. Ethan and Zac were searching for a vocalist to sing in Khmer, lead singer Chhom Nimol was discovered in a nightclub in the Little Phnom Penh area of Long Beach. …She was already a well-known karaoke singer in Cambodia, but decided to move to the United States after visiting her sister, and thought it was a good chance to make more money to send to her family back home. Zac is a vocalist and guitarist, while Ethan plays the Farfisa organ. Rounding out the band are bassist Senon Williams, who played also in Radar Bros until January 2009, drummer Paul Smith, and David Ralicke on brass.
In 2005, their second album, Escape from Dragon House, was released, which was one of Amazon.com’s Top 100 Editor’s Picks of 2005.
In June 2008, Dengue Fever released their 3rd album Venus on Earth under Real World Records. Peter Gabriel, founder of Real World Records, said, “We have Dengue Fever coming out on Real World Records, it’s really cool stuff, with the small Cambodian singer and big American guys behind! They’re California based but have taken 60’s Cambodian pop as their main source of inspiration and it’s done with a lot of style. It’s spirited, impassioned stuff.” Venus On Earth was selected as one of the best world music records of 2008 by the iTunes Store.
Dengue Fever has entered into partnerships with a number of charitable organizations to support causes in Cambodia. They are involved with the wildlife and forest conservation organization Wildlife Alliance, and have donated recordings for charity records with the Sweet Relief Fund, a charity that aims to provide financial assistance to musicians dealing with illness, disability, or age-related issues.
The group also compiled a collected of Cambodian rock music from the pre-Khmer Rouge era, entitled “Electric Cambodia”, in 2010. All proceeds from this album were dedicated to Cambodian Living Arts.
Dengue Fever were winners of the 8th annual Independent Music Awards for best World Fusion Album.
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