|Bold tunes: Singer Cam Van will open her live show tomorrow with the revolutionary songs that made her famous. — VNS File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam Television's series of concerts featuring music stars continues with veteran Cam Van in HCM City on Saturday night.
The series, Con Duong Am Nhac (Vietnamese Music Road) on VTV, spotlights a different artist on the last Saturday of every month.
Van will perform a collection of revolutionary songs that made her famous during her career of more than 30 years before an expected 2,000-strong audience at the Hoa Binh Theatre in District 10.
The show titled Hat Mai Cho Nhau (Singing Forever) will use high-tech equipment and be televised on VTV9 channel.
Van will sing 14 pop and soft rock songs, including some written by well-known musicians Pham Minh Tuan, Thanh Tung, Tran Long An and Thanh Tung.
Songs such as Tuan's Bai Ca Khong Quen (Unforgettable Song) and Thanh Pho Tinh Yeu Va Noi Nho (City -The Love and Nostalgia) and An's Dem Thanh Pho Day Sao (City under the Sky and Stars) which she will sing at the concert made Van the queen of revolutionary music in Viet Nam.
"I enjoy singing pop songs by young composers but I've also chosen to sing revolutionary songs for this show because that is how I started my career," she says.
Though she will be singing mostly songs that brought her fame, she promised her fans love songs by Thanh Tung and Tuan Khanh, saying "I think love songs are needed for everyone."
Van will open the show with soft-rock music together with her husband, talented drummer Khac Trieu.
"My husband is also my partner in music," she says.
Van, a Sai Gon native, began her singing career in 1980 with the HCM City Television (HTV).
Her first song on the HTV was Len Ngan (Reaching the Mountain Peak), a revolutionary song composed by Hoang Viet.
Later, she worked with the city's Youth Union to travel around the region and in Russia and Eastern Europe to perform Vietnamese revolutionary music.
She took part in the Professional Music and Song Festival in HCM City in 1983, winning the Golden Prize for the best solo singer for the song Bai Ca Khong Quen (Unforgettable).
She began to be recognised as a musical phenomenon at the age of 24.
In 1985 she trained under music teachers Le Do and Hoang Trong before working for Thang Tam Pop Music, one of the country's leading art troupes.
She became a free-lance singer in 1991 to develop her career and has since produced dozens of solo and group albums, most of which have been received warmly by critics and fans.
She has performed in Europe and the US. In recent years she has been touring with her band led by her husband.
"I like to face new challenges and overcome them," the 55-year-old says.
Singing Forever opens at 8pm on Saturday (September 13) at Hoa Binh Theatre, 240 Ba Thang Hai Street, District 10. — VNS