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Overseas Vietnamese singers return home

Update: January, 20/2009 - 00:00

Overseas Vietnamese singers return home

(21-01-2009)

HCM CITY — Many overseas Vietnamese singers have returned to perform in HCM City during Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival.

The evenings are an exciting time for local singers now that live shows occur more often on the large stage. But overseas Vietnamese singers prefer smaller venues like bars, hotels and nightclubs.

"I hope my performances will serve my friends and fans who can share my love and passion for my homeland, Viet Nam, through my music," says singer Le Thu, who is returning home from the United States after 30 years.

In first days of the festival week, Le Thu will regale local audiences at Van Nghe, a popular nightclub in Binh Thanh District’s Lam Son Street.

She will perform romantic songs composed in 1930s and 1940s by talented musicians.

Thu will also participate in a talk show called Suc Song Moi on Viet Nam Television (VTV1), a TV programme which offers entertainment programmes specifically targeting young women.

Thu’s colleagues, including Duc Huy, Duy Quang and Thai Chau, also often perform at hotels and bars throughout the city, attracting a significant number of fans.

"This Tet I plan to perform in Ha Noi, Phan Thiet and HCM City. I want to enjoy the different tastes of Tet," says singer and composer Duc Huy, who began his music career in 1963 and is more popular among both young and veteran audiences.

"I feel my youth comes back to me through my shows at home during Tet," he says

In the first days of the New Lunar Year, Lynda Trang Dai and her partner, Tommy Ngo, will light up the Trong Dong Stage on Cach Mang Thang Tam Street by performing pop and dance music. The couple later will tour southern provinces.

"The best stage for a singer is anywhere in their homeland with an audience. We’re happy to see Viet Nam is developing more every year," says Lynda Trang Dai.

Unlike her peers, Ai Van began her Tet tour in Kien Giang Province last week. She will visit HCM City on New Year’s Eve, performing her folk songs at the September 23 Park in District 1.

"I don’t sing to thousands of people here, but I feel like I’m singing for my best friends with whom I can share my joy and sadness," Ai Van says,

In the dim light and cosy atmosphere of nightclubs such as Van Nghe and Khong Ten in districts 1 and 3, the audience can relax to timeless, sweet songs by overseas Vietnamese singers while imbibing their favourite drinks.

"I enjoy overseas Vietnamese singers because they offer a different taste from local artists. They also make me feel close to them and want to share their feelings," says Phan Thu Ha, a regular customer of the Van Nghe night club.

Le Ngoc Cuong, head of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Art and Performance Department, says, in recent years, increasing numbers of overseas Vietnamese artists have been invited to perform in Viet Nam. Their shows play a role in the local industry’s development, he adds. — VNS

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