Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sleepwalking Through the Mekong with Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever‘s documentary film Sleepwalking Through The Mekong, will be released on April 14, 2009. The package features a DVD and a CD soundtrack. The film chronicles the journey taken by Los Angeles-based Khmer rock band Dengue Fever to lead singer Chhom Nimol’s native Cambodia during the Water Festival. The band’s performance marked the first time a Western band has ever performed ‘60s Cambodian rock in the country where it was created. Most of the musicians who originally created the music were killed during the Pol Pot regime. 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.

Sleepwalking Through The Mekong was directed by John Pirozzi, who was a cinematographer on Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man and Johnny Ramone: Too Tough To Die. DVD bonus material include 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 2 previously unreleased Dengue Fever tracks.

Watch the trailer for the movie::

Enjoy a free song off of the soundtrack:

Dengue Fever - March of the Balloon Animals [click to download]

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Click here to visit the Dengue Fever YouTube channel for more footage and music videos

Click here to visit Dengue Fever on MySpace

Click here to visit the offical website for the film - Sleepwalking Through the Mekong

The band is touring to support the release of the film and soundtrack, here are the tour dates::

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

If you have stuck with us through the entire post, congratulations! The first three people to submit their name, e-mail address and mailing address via the comment form (comments will NOT be published - it just goes to the site admin) will win a copy of the CD/DVD as well as a signed poster of the band!

In a few days, we will be posting up a review of the film and a review of the soundtrack. Although this does not necessarily fall into the dance music genre, this is a very exciting project that we are proud to support and we hope you will take the time to check it out and support this project as well!

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