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Dengue Fever Brings Cambodian Rock to the World & Houston

Houston Matters talks with two members of the band Dengue Fever, who describe finding the one key element that gave them the credibility to perform Cambodian rock — both there and in the U.S.

Dengue Fever performs in the Geary Studio
Dengue Fever performs in Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio.


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When the Los Angeles band Dengue Fever got together, the group set out to resurrect an obscure, often forgotten form of Cambodian rock — and to do it in the United States. Needless to say, it started off as an experiment, but it lead to a successful career and critical success in the world and indie music scenes.

The band recently performed in Houston in conjunction with the Asia Society, and Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty caught up with a couple band members who described how they found the one key element that gave them the credibility to perform Cambodian rock, both in the U.S. and in Cambodia.

Songs Featured in This Story:

Yol Aularong – Jeas Cyclo (Ride Cyclo)
Chhom Nimol Performs A Capella in Philadelphia
Dengue Fever – Seeing Hands, from the album In The Ley Lines
Dengue Fever – One Thousand Tears Of A Tarantula, from the album Escape from Dragon House
Dengue Fever – Tooth and Nail, from the album Venus on Earth
Dengue Fever – Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, from the album Escape from Dragon House

MORE: Live In Studio: Dengue Fever

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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