Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rip-roaring success

Chhom Nimol giving the crowd a rap version with dj Tony Real by her side
I'd call that a rousing reception, singalong and aw khun to Dengue Fever from the inhabitants of Phnom Penh at tonight's free gig in the gardens in front of Wat Botum. There was a sea of happy faces to hear the all-American band playing whilst lead vocalist Chhom Nimol belted out some of the classics of the golden era of Khmer pop, the 1960s. The crowd loved it and responded in kind. A rip-roaring success in anyone's book. Though one personal complaint comes in the form of the two hip hop-djs, Pou Khlaing and Tony Real, who outstayed their welcome in my opinion. I wanted to see Dengue Fever not the Khlaing-Real rapping show. More fever less hip, or is it hop. Anyways I'm sure Dengue Fever have now attracted a whole new audience for their music, Khmer classics but with a real international feel and sound. A fitting way to celebrate sixty years of Cambodian-American relations with an American band playing Khmer songs. Does it get any better than that? Joining me at the gig were Alin and Sophea, as well as Now and Kimleang who'd travelled down from Siem Reap.
On their knees whilst Nimol continues to belt out her songs
Chhom Nimol enjoying herself on stage with Ethan Holtzman
A view of the stage at Wat Botum tonight
The man with all the sax appeal: David Ralicke
Three of my guests just as the concert closes. LtoR: Now, myself, Alin and Kimleang



Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! I missed all the good show :-(

May 15, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

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