Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A special show, scheduled to take place in Hà Nội next month, will see four Vietnamese divas perform alongside singer Tùng Dương, who is well-known for his not-for-everyone music.
Thanh Lam, Hồng Nhung, Mỹ Linh, and Hà Trần, dubbed as ’Việt Nam’s four divas’, will perform at the live show, entitled Trời và Đất (Heaven and Earth). The show is the first solo concert by Dương since the Một thập kỷ hoan ca (A decade of joyful singing) in December 2015 which was to mark his decade-long career since he won the Morning Star - Rendezvous 2004 singing contest.
“We met each other when we were all taking our first steps in showbiz, so, over the years, we became good friends. I regard all of them as my older sisters. So I’m more than happy when my ‘sisters’ agreed to rearrange their schedules to be with me at the upcoming show,” Dương said about his female friends. “Each diva, with their own style, will bring a different ‘colour’ to the show.”
Explaining the title of the show, the 34-year-old singer said: “Symbolically, the immense and boundless heaven contains undiscovered things, which humans [the artist] longs to discover. Earth is the solid background that every artist needs to accumulate to be able to conquer new bounds of art.”
An avant-garde artist in Việt Nam, Dương has never tired of trying new things. He has challenged himself with different fusions of musical styles, which sometimes also defy the audience’s taste. He knows how to amaze his audiences whenever he is on stage with his haunting passionate voice and unique performing style.
Ignoring many anti-fan insisting that his music is too weird for the majority of Vietnamese audience, Dương remains determined to stay on the path he has chosen and enjoys his results, including sold out concerts, popular albums, and a record of eight Devotion Awards – the Vietnamese ‘Grammys’.
Attending the press conference on the show in Hà Nội last week, diva Mỹ Linh said that Dương, only 9 at the time, made a strong impression on her when they first met in 1992.
“When he started singing, his eyes sparkled and his face lit up. He was very special at that moment. And so far, he is still as special as he was back then,” she said.
Commenting on Dương’s devotion to his work, Linh said: “He is the kind of person who always sets new goals to challenge himself. He is really ambitious and energetic when he tries to reach his goals.”
She also promised that, together with three other divas, she will help the divo put on his “best performance”.
At the upcoming Heaven and Earth performance, some of Dương’s hits such as Mưa bay tháp cổ (Rain over the ancient tower), Giăng tơ (Web spinning), Độc đạo (The unique path), and Li ti (Tiny) will be remixed in a futuristic style, which is a blend of experimental sounds inspired by machinery.
“Unlike any of my previous shows, where I performed different genres including folk, world music, rock, pop, jazz, and semi-classic, this time, my audiences will see me in another fresh style,” the singer said.
The Heaven and Earth live show will take place at the Friendship Palace in Hà Nội on September 23 and 24. — VNS