Vietnamese-American singer Hương Lan performs on her latest DVD, Hương Lan- Một Đời Sân Khấu (Hương Lan - A Life in the Theatre), which was released in Việt Nam and the US this week. — Photo courtesy of the producer
HCM CITY — Vietnamese-American singer Hương Lan released her latest DVD featuring deep house in Việt Nam this week.
The album, Hương Lan- Một Đời Sân Khấu, (Hương Lan- A Life in the Theatre), sends messages about the homeland, love and peace.
It is a production between Lan and her producer, musician and theatre director Trần Vi Mỹ, who has more than 15 years working in the industry.
The album includes folk songs by talented composers Bắc Sơn and Trần Thiện Thanh that shot Lan to fame in the 1970s and 1980s.
Highlighted works are Em Đi Trên Cỏ Non (I’m Walking on Grass), Còn Thương Rau Đắng Mọc Sau Hè and Chiếc Áo Bà Ba.
Vọng cổ (nostalgia) songs, a genre of traditional music used in cải lương (reformed opera), are featured by Lan and guest singers such as People Artist Ngọc Giàu, Meritorious Artist Hoài Linh and pop star Đàm Vĩnh Hưng.
Some performances on the DVD were recorded from the singer’s live show, Một Đời Sân Khấu (A Life in the Theatre), in HCM City’s Hòa Bình Theatre last year. The concert attracted more than 2,000 people.
“I don't have enough strength to stage a live show. I decided to release the DVD, Hương Lan- Một Đời Sân Khấu, to celebrate my 57 years in music,” said the 63-year-old, who moved from Việt Nam to live in France in 1982 before settling in California.
Born in Sài Gòn in 1956, Lan showed her talent in music when she was at school. She began her professional career by singing cải lương under training by her father, famous composer Hữu Phước. She later performed pop music and quickly became a star.
Lan has performed in many concerts and music festivals in France, Canada and the US, and worked with Thúy Nga Paris By Night, a music show produced by Thúy Nga Production in Paris.
She has worked with music producers and entertainment agencies and performed on many albums and videos.
More than 5,000 copies of her DVD, Hương Lan- Một Đời Sân Khấu, have been released in the US by the Paris-based distributor Thuy Nga Productions. — VNS