Binh Dinh (VNA) - The evening has set, and Tran Huu Phuoc sits in front of his house to sing bai choi, a traditional music genre, after a hard day's work. This has now become a habit with 47-year-old Phuoc, from the central province of Binh Dinh's Nhon Chau commune in Cu Lao Xanh Island, for the past many years. It has helped him release stress after a hectic day and find some peace, he said. Bai choi singing, a folk art form that originated in the southern-central region of Vietnam, is popular in the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam and Binh Dinh, as well as Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa. It includes traditional values and tunes of numerous types of Vietnamese music. In love with singing since he was a little boy, Phuoc tried to travel and meet old people in the island to collect as many songs as possible and to learn from those who were experienced in singing these songs. "I used to listen to my grandmother singing when I was young and gradually also learnt how to sing," Phuoc … [Read more...] about Bản in : Bai choi folk songs fill island
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Going for a song: Secondary school students who are members of Ha Noi Music and Arts Club put on a performance of folk music from the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands). The performance was part of a festival organised by UNESCO to celebrate the capital's liberation day on October 10. Vietnamese traditionalists want more emphasis to be placed on learning folk songs in schools, which they say would help preserve traditions and cultural values - particularly in a globalised world. — VNA/VNS Photos Dinh Tran Plucking up courage: A student at Le Van Tam Secondary School in Ha Noi learns to play the monochord. The Ministry of Education and musicians from the Central University of Music and Art Education are working on a project to have folk music taught in secondary schools. — VNA/VNS Photo Bich Ngoc Educationalists are discovering that folk songs not only provide relief from the rigours of an intense school curriculum, they can also improve students' cultural knowledge and … [Read more...] about Singing the praises of folk music
(VOVworld) - Đồng dao - children's folk songs - are simple folk verses created long ago by unknown authors and passed orally from generation to generation. The lyrics are plain, often incoherent or illogical verses, which are rhymed to make them easy to sing and remember. Children sing the songs, which vividly and creatively describe familiar images and relations around them, while playing group games. VOV's Sunday show looks at children's folk songs and games in modern society. The children are singing and playing Chi chi chanh chanh. A child spreads his hand and his or her friends poke their fingers at it while singing together. At the end of the song, the child quickly closes his hand on the last word of the song, trying to catch the slowest finger. In a Dong dao, the lyrics are independent phrases which are combined randomly in meaning but are consistent in rhythm. Almost every image or fact is symbolic or exaggerated to match the children's innocent imaginations. What does Chi … [Read more...] about Đồng dao – children’s folk songs
(VOVworld) The northern province of Thai Binh is famous for high-yield rice fields and as the cradle of Cheo or traditional opera. There are many Cheo villages in the province. Khuoc village is one of them. No one knows the exact origin of Khuoc Cheo, but villagers say it has been performed since ancient times. Despite years of rapid changes in Vietnam, the love of Thai Binh people for this traditional art has remained constant. On this week's Sunday Show, we'll visit Khuoc village's Cheo theatre and examine local efforts there to preserve and develop Cheo. Khuoc is one of three famous Cheo villages in Thai Binh Province. No one knows the exact origin of Khuoc Cheo but villagers say it has been performed since ancient times. At the peak of its theatrical development, the village had eight Cheo groups. Cheo artists from the Village have more than once impressed Vietnamese and foreign audiences with their ardent, sweet, and moving singing. Khuoc villagers have staged many Cheo plays … [Read more...] about Khuoc village’s Cheo theatre and local efforts to preserve and develop the art
Hanoi online guitar forum takes its love of music to the streets Năm anh em trên một chiếc xe tăng (Five brothers on a tank), a famous song during the Vietnam War. Around them, the audience, composed of both young and old, enthusiastically add their voices or simply applaud. Hanoi is in its blazing hot days of summer. But the Ly Thai To Flower Garden near Hoan Kiem Lake seems to be even hotter on a Sunday afternoon like this when members of an online guitar forum, hocdan.com, meet and perform every Sunday afternoon with their guitars, Cajon drums and harmonicas. The street musicians tend attract lots of passersby who stop and watch or join the musical reverie, lasts late into the evening. Established in October, 2011 by Hieu Orion, one of the most famous guitarists in Hanoi, hocdan.com now boasts 40,000 members, most of whom are students. "I always have a special love and respect for the street artists," Hieu reveals. "When visiting foreign countries, I like watching them … [Read more...] about Make it easy!