Monday, May 17, 2010

U.S. Embassy Hosted Concert by The Band Dengue Fever

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh has inaugurates its celebration of the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cambodia with a free concert in the park across from Wat Botum Vatey on May 13th, 2010.

The concert was headlined by the Los Angeles Band Dengue Fever which is led by Chhom Nimol, a well known Cambodian vocal artist. The DJ and hip hop artist Pou Khlaing opened the event which highlighted the cultural connections between the two countries.

“The U.S. Embassy is thrilled to be able to host Dengue Fever for a free concert in Phnom Penh, 2010, as part of our celebration of the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and the United States,” said Carol A. Rodley, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia.”

The main purpose of the free concern was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“I cannot think of a better way to kick of this celebration than to have an acclaimed American band performing music influenced by some of the great Cambodian artists of the 1960s,” she said. “Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Serey Sothea, Pan Ron and many other artists perished more than 30 years ago under the Khmer Rouge, but their musical legacy lives on to inspire and delight new generations of listeners, not just in Cambodia but around the world,” she added.

She continued to say that on 11th July 1950 the United States officially recognized Cambodia and both countries will commemorate the anniversary with a series of events in Phnom Penh and in Washington that will be announced later in the year.

Dengue Fever is Cambodian songstress Chhom Nimol, Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals), Ethan Holtzman (keyboards), Senon Williams (bass), Paul Smith (drums) and David Ralicke (horns). They have released three albums, Dengue Fever, Escape from Dragon House Venus on Earth and the DVD/CD soundtrack to the band’s documentary Sleepwalking through the Mekong, in addition to a collection of lost Cambodian classics, Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia. They are based in Los Angeles.

H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, and Spokesman of the Royal Government of Cambodia, praised the good cooperation and diplomatic relations between U.S.A and Cambodia. He said that the good cooperation and diplomatic relations between the two countries have been promoted and improved almost all sectors. The United States has also been provided much humanitarian assistance for the development and improvement of health issue, education, laws enforcement and the promotion of democracy in Cambodia. /

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