Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The generous and liberal spirit of the Central Highlands region has been depicted vividly in a recently released music album.
Entitled Gió Bay Về Ngàn (Wind Flows to the Wood), the album is a collection of 12 songs about the region. The album features ethnic singers Y Zắc, Siu Black and Y Garia, who are all natives of the region.
Veteran songwriter Nguyễn Cường, who is famous for his songs about the Central Highlands, was invited to be the album’s artistic director. Together with female composer Giáng Son, the duo selected the album’s repertoire from nearly 100 songs.
"It’s was not easy for us to decide the repertoire. Each song on the album is a colour that goes into creating the whole painting of the Central Highlands’ nature and people," songwriter Cường said.
While the songs Mưa Cao Nguyên (Central Highlands’ Rain) and Nghiêng Nghiêng Rừng Chiều (Evening Forest) praise the region’s imposing nature, Đôi Chân Trần (The Bare Foot) and the lullaby tune Thênh Thênh Oh Ơi are about the people.
The rich culture of the land is presented through unique traditional customs somehow depicted in the songs Giấc Mơ Chapi (Chapi Dream), and Đi Tìm Lời Ru Mặt Trời (Seeking the Sun’s Lullaby).
The album also consists of songs about love such as K’Bing Ơi, Và Ta Lại Thấy Mặt Trời (And I See the Sun Again) and Mùa Nhớ (Season of Nostalgia).
The album marks the come back of Siu Black, who has been dubbed the "Nightingale of the Central Highlands’ Mountains and Jungle", after a few years away from showbiz.
A Ba Na ethnic from the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, Siu Black has conquered the hearts of audiences with her beautiful voice as well as her enthusiastic rock style performances.
Alongside the two veteran singers Siu Black and Y Zắc, the album Wind Flows to the Wood also features the vocals of two younger singers, Y Garia and Mai Trang, who were also born and grew up in the Central Highlands.
The four singers of different generations also performed together for the song Mưa Cao Nguyên.
Divo Tùng Dương, with a special love for this region, sang the song Bến Giằng (Giằng Wharf) by composer Nguyễn Cường on the album. This is the first time the song has been unveiled to the public.
A high-end quality album, the Wind Flows to the Wood is a non-profit art project by Việt Nam’s telecommunication group MobiFone, dedicated to the Central Highlands region. A limited number of 5,000 albums will be presented to music lovers in this region. — VNS