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Singer croons for border soldiers

Update: July, 19/2016 - 09:00
Support for soldiers: Singer Khánh Hòa on the Spartly Islands. Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Pop singer Khánh Hòa has launched an album and music video of romantic songs expressing her love for border soldiers, in a new musical production released recently in Hà Nội. 

The album, entitled Tình Biên Cương (Love in the borderlands), comprises a CD and a DVD with seven songs, including popular and new ones.

The songs were composed by An Thuyên, Thế Song, Vũ Hiệp Bình and Phó Đức Phương, besides Lưu Hà An.

The DVD is a musical film, telling the love story of a Mông ethnic girl and a border soldier. The local boys are very attracted to the beautiful girl, but she falls in love with a soldier.

“Islands and the borders are the toughest areas that need people’s support and encouragement,” singer Hòa said at a ceremony held to launch the album.

Meritorious Artist Hòa produced an album a few years ago, one of the first to be filmed entirely on the islands of the archipelago.

After that album, Hòa wished to make an album about border soldiers. She visited border posts in the northern mountainous Hà Giang Province to meet troops and sing for them.

“I wanted to familiarise myself with the soldiers and share their problems,” Hòa said. “During the time I met and performed at the border posts, I received a lot of support from the soldiers, which made me determined to produce an album.”

Hòa and her crew went to every corner in Hà Giang, looking for shooting locations. The album was shot with the help of about 30 soldiers.

It took about four years to make the album, including a year to select the songs that suit Hòa’s voice.

“It took a long time to complete the album because I had to get permission to shoot at the border spots,” the singer said. “The most important thing was that the trips to the border were an experience and made me emotional enough to sing.”

The production of the album was directed by veteran Việt Hương, with the script written by poet Nguyễn Trọng Tạo.

The album portrays the life of soldiers, who devote their youth to protecting the country’s borders and helping the people living on the mountains and ethnic people to have a better life.

Coming from Thanh Hóa Province, Hòa joined the Thăng Long Music and Dance Theatre in 2005 after graduating from the Việt Nam National Academy of Music. She has won several awards in national music contests. — VNS

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