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International seminar on amateur music to be held in city

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

An international seminar on don ca tai tu (southern amateur music) and its impromptu harmony will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 9-11, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

A performance of don ca tai tu (Photo:KK)

The event is part of the project on southern music submitted to UNESCO for recognition as an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.


Local traditional music researchers, administrators, musicians, don ca tai tu artisans, together with music experts from France, Germany, Cyprus, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Singapore will join the seminar.


The Ministry, the Vietnam Music Institute and Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, have jointly organized the event.

Source: SGGP

Promoting and preserving Southern amateur music

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:35 am

Professor Tran Van Khe, the great master of traditional Vietnamese music, gave a lecture on don ca tai tu Nam bo (Southern amateur music) at his home in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Musician Vinh Bao (L) and Professor Tran Van Khe.

Don ca tai tu Nam bo is a long standing cultural tradition in the Mekong Delta region since the end of the 19th century.


The professor explained how this music is usually performed in festivals, ceremonious worships, parties, weddings and also funerals. It is traditionally played by southerners in the evening after a long working day.


Amateur musicians and singers who wish to train further and improve their skills in playing this folk music usually gather at a member’s house to play and exchange notes.


Southern amateur music cannot be found on modern day stage or in cultural and tourist festivals. This musical art form, a genre of the old chamber of music, is usually performed on ‘plank beds’ in living rooms in southern traditional homes.


The instruments used are the dan co or dan nhi, a two stringed fiddle; dan tranh or dan thap luc, a 16 string zither; dan kim or dan nguyet (also called the moon guitar) and the doc huyen cam (monochord). In present times the monochord has been replaced with a guitar.


According to Mr.Vinh Bao, another master of this traditional Vietnamese music, a special feature of Don ca tai tu is to bring together people who want to share the same emotions and to reach out to the sensibilities of the audience.


However, both the masters lamented that this art form had fallen into the realm of cultural oblivion and felt the need to restore and preserve this valuable cultural heritage.


The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute and departments of Culture, Sport and Tourism in the South to build a file on southern music for submission to UNESCO  for recognition as an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

Source: SGGP

Restoring and preserving Southern amateur music

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

Don ca tai tu Nam bo (Southern amateur music) has fallen into the realm of cultural oblivion. We should restore and preserve this valuable cultural heritage soon,” said Vietnamese-American Professor Nguyen Thuyet Phong.

Vietnamese-American Professor Nguyen Thuyet Phong is on a visit to the Highlands region to study ethnic groups’ traditional music instruments. (Photo: Sggp)

The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute and departments of Culture, Sport and Tourism in the South to build up a file on southern music for submission to UNESCO, in order for it to be recognized as an intangible part of Vietnamese cultural heritage.


“Southern amateur music cannot be found on modern stages or in cultural and tourism festivals. The musical art form, an ancient genre of chamber music, is usually performed on ‘plank beds’ in living rooms in southern traditional houses,” he added.


“Therefore we must pay more careful attention to seek artisans who have great skill in playing this folk music,” the professor said.


Age is not a necessary factor for recognizing folk music as an intangible aspect of cultural heritage. Although it was born 100 years ago and is a younger art form than Ca tru (Vietnamese ceremonial/festival songs) and Hue royal music, Southern amateur music is an amalgamation of Vietnamese traditional music from the North, Central and South, he explained.


The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) will be held in Hanoi and the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh from July 19 to 29, with the participation of more than 30 countries from around the world.

“It is a good chance for us to promote Vietnamese traditional music to the world and gain experience in restoring and preserving folk music from foreign countries,” Mr. Phong said.

ICTM is a non-governmental organization and an official associate organization of UNESCO. The Global ICTM conference, held every odd year; this is the first time Vietnam will host the event.

The conference will discuss two major musical topics: the music of ethnic minority groups and applied folk musicology with a focus on the role of music in maintaining the ethnic minority community, as well as the preservation of performing arts and the role of performing arts in dialogues, support and education.

Source: SGGP