Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is giving away 3 copies of the Sleepwalking Through The Mekong DVD/CD combo plus each winner will also receive a small poster for the documentary signed by Dengue Fever. Enter now for your chance to win!

M80 Music has announced that the documentary film "Sleepwalking Through The Mekong," will be released on April 14, 2009, as two-disc set via Nail Distribution and online via IODA. The package features a DVD and a CD soundtrack of the film. Sleepwalking Through The Mekong chronicles the journey taken by Los Angeles based Khmer rock band Dengue Fever to lead singer Chhom Nimol’s native Cambodia during the 2005 Water Festival. The band’s performances there marked the first time a Western band had performed classic 1960s and ‘70s Cambodian rock ‘n’ roll in the country where it was created and nearly erased from existence by the brutal Pol Pot regime.

More than a rockumentary, the film serves up a portrait of modern Cambodia as the band tours through Phnom Penh and beyond, crossing a great cultural chasm with the same spirit of Cambodia’s original rock pioneers. The film has screened at a diverse number of festivals and museums including The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, The Hawaiian International Film Festival, Roskilde Festival, The Istanbul Museum of Fine Art and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.

DVD bonus material includes a biography of the band Dengue Fever, live performance segments, comments from director John Pirozzi, segments on the Cambodian Water Festival, the traditional Cambodian Coconut Dance and Cambodia’s Master Musicians.

The accompanying CD soundtrack includes classic tracks from Cambodian artists Ros Serey Sothea, Sinn Sisamouth and Meas Samoun, as well as original material created by Cambodian master musicians Tep Mary and Kong Nai with Dengue Fever, and previously unreleased Dengue Fever instrumental tracks “March of The Balloon Animals” and “Phnom Chisor Serenade.”

Sleepwalking Through The Mekong
DVD/CD SRP: $19.99
Street Date: April 14, 2009
Run Time: Approximately 67 minutes
Languages: English, Khmer
Subtitles: English

Dengue Fever will also be making their live debut in both Australian and New Zealand at WOMADelaide and WOMAD NZ festivals. In April, the band will head out for more US shows throughout the year in support of Sleepwalking Through The Mekong. Well known for their incendiary live show, Ray Davies of The Kinks recently commented, “They are like Blondie meets Led Zeppelin and I should know – I toured with both,” on Later With Jools Holland on the BBC last November.

  • 03/30 Los Angeles, CA – Space 15 Twenty (Amoeba night, screening and Q&A)
  • 04/17 Falls Church, VA - The State Theater
  • 04/18 Richmond, VA – Plaza “Duckpin” Bowl
  • 04/19 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
  • 04/21 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
  • 04/22 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
  • 04/24 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
  • 04/25-26 Lafayette, LA - Festival International De Louisiane
  • 04/27 Austin, TX - Mohawk
  • 07/11 Madison, WI – Le Fete De Marquette
  • 07/21 Chicago, IL - Chicago Folk and Roots Festival

Congratulations to the winners, Cheryl Free, Chrissy McPherson and Tracy Ammaz!