•Singer Chhom Nimol often sings in Khmer and was discovered at a Cambodian nightclub.
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•The band recently finished a tour of South Korea.
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Senon Williams can’t remember the exact number of countries he’s been to with his band Dengue Fever.
“It’s most of the countries in Europe, Moscow, all over South East Asia,” says Williams, who has played bass in the Los Angeles band for close to two decades.
He’s leaving out Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Australia (and New Zealand). The band plays an indie-rock world music that’s heavily informed by ’60s Cambodian pop music.
The band’s singer, Chhom Nimol, was discovered while singing at a Cambodian nightclub in Long Beach.
“We’ve got a strong link with Asia,” Williams says.
That’s given them opportunities that most bands at their level don’t get, including spots playing large world music festivals.
“We thought we were playing garage rock,” Williams says.