Vietnamese singers return home
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
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
"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
"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