VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi's young adults enjoy a diverse range of music, from old-timey Vietnamese ballads to the latest Billboard hits. I explored a few live music coffee shops and bars to experience the musical culture in the millennium-old capital first-hand. When talking about timeless Vietnamese musicians, the first artist to come to mind can easily be Trinh Cong Son. Although he passed away almost 15 years ago, his music is still sought-after by both old and young listeners. Many cafes designed specifically to play his music have sprouted up around Ha Noi in recent years, like Trinh Ca Cafe (233 To Hieu Street). Upon entering Trinh Ca, I realized that this place intended to have a Japanese teahouse theme. A modest goldfish pond, surrounded by round white pebbles, claimed a small corner outside the shop. Above it, a golden bust of Trinh Cong Son was etched into the wall. Prior to entering the shop, customers were requested to take off their shoes, just like how it … [Read more...] about Hanoi caters to varied music tastes
Group hobby: Artists gather to sing ca Hue on a Saturday evening. "Living treasures" Thanh Huong (centre) and Minh Man (right, rear) accompany them. — VNS Photos Ngoc Duy Melodious: Tran Dinh Khac Du plays the monochord to Buu Y (rear). In the swing: Bao Cuong, 68, joins the performance with a bamboo flute. In tune: Ca Hue was performed at the Royal Night during a Hue Festival. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha Historical materials show that characteristic Hue melodies originated from imperial songs. Its official name ca Hue first appeared in 1687. Music tastes have changed a lot since then but one man is determined the genre won't die out. Ngoc Duy reports.Every Saturday evening, the small house at No 9 Pham Ngu Lao Street in Hue resounds with the touching melodies of ca Hue (Hue tunes). The host, Buu Y, has hosted a music club at his home for 14 years as an expression of love for his wife and a means to preserve a genre of traditional music that has lost popularity … [Read more...] about Elderly man preserves traditional music ca Hue for love
VietNamNet Bridge - Many songs that are strongly criticized and "honored" as "disasters of Vietnamese music", but they are "top hits" on the Internet or being downloaded mostly as ringtones. Singers also become "famous". As a result, many more "disasters" are launched. Most "famous" songs include: "Dad, you have to choose me or her", "Unexpectedly, I love one of the same sex", "Heart of Superman Gao" performed by Hoang AXN, "The idiot makes an offer of marriage", "The gambler", "The fate of concubine" performed by Ho Duy Minh, "If you borrow my bike, remember to fill it up" performed by Yuki Huy Nam, "Lie" performed by Phuong My, "Brown Skin" and "Permanent Soul" performed by Phi Thanh Van. To understand why they are called "disasters", let's read the lyrics of "Brown Skin". This song has only five sentences: "I live in thirst I live in wishes Bring in wishes Bring in thirst Brown skin, brown skin, brown skin…" The remaining "disasters" are the same. Songwriters … [Read more...] about V-music disasters – indispensable development?
Your Say (23-10-2009) Loud music at retail stores may drive customers away Last week, we asked our readers about shops that play music to attract customers and encourage them to spend money. We asked them if they thought it was a fair tactic, or simply a form of noise pollution? The following were some of the replies we received. Urko Masse, Spanish, HCM City The noisy music played in a lot of shops around town is unpleasant and quite annoying for me and most of my expat friends. When I come across a shop that plays loud music I try to avoid it and look for other options. … [Read more...] about Loud music at retail stores may drive customers away
Vietnamese netizens have recently expressed outrage at some of the songs they called "music disasters." These songs, they charged, were an offense to the ears of the unfortunate people who have to listen to them. "Nhac te ghe" (falling-out-of-chair music), a term coined by Tuoi Tre Newspaper to describe the kind of music that is so bad or shocking that it can make the listeners fall out of their chairs, has attracted an enormous amount of attention from the netizens who responded with tons of critical comments. "Nhac te ghe," a disaster To the people who dislike the music, if you are not a fan of Vietnam's pop music, then listening to these "disastrous songs" only confirms your good judgment. With overly simple, to the point of being inane, lyrics, the song "Tam Hon La Vinh Cuu (Eternal Soul), sung by Phi Thanh Van, gave a nasty shock to people who listened to it. Written for the movie "Tham My Vien (Beauty Salon)," the song tells the story of an unattractive girl whose life … [Read more...] about “Falling-out-of-the-chair” music, a disaster?