Such was the reaction of the legendary Kinks main man on seeing Dengue Fever at the BBC studio during the filming of Later With Jools Holland. The response to their performances of Tiger Phone Card and Seeing Hands on the show has sent ripples of delight and critical acclaim through the music world, earning the group more fans. After 2 weeks of touring the UK (with a short diversion to Istanbul) the band returned to Real World Studios. New recording was followed by a live performance in the famous Big Room (pictured below) in front of a specially invited audience including competition winners. This performance was filmed and recorded and extracts will be available to view here in the future.
Also, for fans there is the opportunity to get your hands on some Dengue Fever merchandise over at the WOMADSHOP. For a limited period Kangol hats are available with purchases of the new 7" single 'Tiger Phone Card' and the album 'Venus on Earth' when bought together.
The Dengue Fever I.C.A show competition is now over. We had a tremendous response to the competition and would like to thank everyone that took the time to enter.
Congratulations to Mark from Surrey, who wins a pair of tickets to see Dengue Fever at the I.C.A on November 20th plus a King room at The Rubens Palace Hotel on the night of the performance.
Well done Mark!
Dengue Fever, this summer's festival favorites and band we love to invite back to Real World Studios and WOMAD are back in the UK. They will be performing on Later With Jools Holland on Tuesday 18 November (and Friday 21 November) and performing at dates around the country (check out Tours section) including a key show at London's ICA on November 20.
If you want a special treat then you can enter a competition to join a private party on November 25 at Real World Studios in Wiltshire when Peter Gabriel will be introducing Dengue Fever who will perform an exclusive live set. Just go to the B&W Music Club website to discover more.... details can be found on the news item below (November 6).
Find out more about the band by going to NPR's Fresh Air and listen to the latest interview with the band. Hear how the band got together as well as a more historical perspective on Khmer Rock. Essentially during the Vietnam War Armed Forces Radio were broadcasting sixties surf, garage and psyche rock to GI's in Vietnam and it was picked up by the Cambodians. They in turn took what they were hearing and made their own "Khmer Rock". Dengue have revived this and expanded it into their own unique sound.
Bowers & Wilkins is offering its members the chance to see Peter Gabriel host a limited-entry concert by the acclaimed Dengue Fever at Real World studios on 25th November.
The evening will run from 7 -10pm starting with drinks and refreshments in the small studio followed by Peter Gabriel introducing the band in the big studio.
This invitation-only performance will be recorded to form part of a Dengue Fever album which will be released exclusively through B&W Music Club in the New Year.
They have 12 pairs of tickets to give away exclusively to B&W Music Club members.
The music of Dengue Fever is being featured heavily on MTV's popular programme "Sanchez Get High: Pritchard vs Dainton". The track "Seeing Hands" is being used as the signature tune and other tracks are being featured across the five episodes. Check out the link to the site below!
The Imagined Village will be doing our last gig for 2008 as part of the Molten Festival, Broadway Theatre, Barking, October 26th. It's not a huge venue with a capacity of 350, so book now on line if you want to catch us before we retire to our respective studios to start work on our next album. We will of course be updating this Myspace site with new material once it starts flowing out the village pump, but till the pump action starts this is your last chance to see us this year. In 2009 we hope to be back doing the festivals over the summer (assuming we have a summer!). For Barking we have a smaller band, Billy Bragg is in the states so he will be appearing via satellite link up, Sheila Chandra can't make it and we are waiting to here from the Young Coppers, we are just not sure the stage is big enough for all of us! But it promises to be a great gig and we're all really up for it after our amazing run of summer shows and the great coverage we got on BBC4 from the Cambridge Folk Festival. It'd be great to have our fan base at the gig as a way of playing out the summer. We are sharing the bill with the London Gypsy Orchestra and comedian Arthur Smith.
See you at the gig, or maybe in a field in glorious England some time next year,
Lots of love and thank you all for the support you've given us in 2008!
The Imagined Village
Venue address: The Broadway, Barking, London. IG117LS.
Box Office: 020 8507 5607
Start time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: £17/ £15 concessions
Real World Records and Red Carnation Hotels are offering fans of Dengue Fever another unique opportunity to see the band - in style!
The fantastic prize on offer is a pair of complimentary tickets to the bands I.C.A. show in London on Thursday November 20 along with the opportunity to meet the band backstage. But that's not all! Red Carnation Hotels are offering one King room (double occupancy) on the night of the performance at the four-star boutique hotel, The Rubens at the Palace. The competition winners will receive VIP treatment at the hotel, complimentary English breakfast and 2 free drinks in the bar.
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize all you need to do is email your answer to the question below to email@example.com Your message should be titled DENGUE FEVER COMPETITION and must contain the answer to the multiple choice question and your full name and address.
Question: What is the title of the bonus track on the European release of "Venus On Earth"
a. Laugh Track
b. One Thousand Tears Of A Tarantula
Winners need to be based in London or the surrounding area and must be able to provide transportation to/from the hotel and the venue.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Hector Zazou. The innovative French composer and producer was a regular visitor to Real World Studios and delighted us all with his unique charm. His international reputation came from his diverse musical projects - from rock to classical, avant garde experimental electronica to pure vocal and world music. He worked in collaboration with artists as diverse as Bjork, Jon Hassell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Peter Gabriel, Jane Siberry and LIsa Germano.
Real World Records worked closely with Hector when he produced the exquisite album 'Coming Home' for Tibetan artists Yungchen Lhamo. He then took a voyage of discovery to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to meet Sevara Nazarkhan and produce her ground-breaking debut album 'Yol Bolsin'. His bold and beautiful use of strings, traditional instruments alongside electronica gave both albums their futuristic and yet timeless quality.
One of Hector's most recent projects, a CD/DVD titled Quadri [+] Chromies, result of a two years collaboration with French digital painter Bernard Caillaud which was released in 2006 was designed and authored by the team at Real World's Multimedia Department.
Peter Gabriel pays tribute to Hector in September's Moon Club: " He had a particular, unique personality - very drole, very witty. His musical persona was very emotional but restrained. You could feel the passion but it was kept at an observer's distance. We will all miss him greatly."
We've just turned on our new digital download facility on the womadshop.com site. We are still in a pseudo 'soft launch' phase, only one product available so far as we want to deal with any teething problems and get some customer feedback before opening out the service.
The Big Blue Ball record has had such a long gestation, dating back to the famed 'Recording Weeks' here at Real World in the early 90's, that we though we would make it's delivery to the customer as fast as possible. Big Blue Ball is now available as a 320Kbs MP3 or in Apple Lossless format (CD quality, but roughly half the file size). Both options are DRM free and available for a very reasonable £4.99. Purchasers of the CD or vinyl versions also get the benefit of the download system as we now throw in the MP3 version of the album so that you get instant gratification whilst waiting for the joy of a package in the post.
If you do try it out, we'd love to know how it works for you.