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Vietnamese folk music blog attracts many visitors

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

A blog of don ca tai tu (Southern amateur music) by Professor Tran Quang Hai has attracted a large number of visitors with over 330 articles, since its establishment in August.

              Professor Tran Quang Hai (Photo:Sggp)

The blog gives Vietnamese music lovers, fundamentals of don ca tai tu, cai luong (a traditional southern folk opera). Highlight information is that the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute to build a file about southern music for submission to UNESCO. This is in order to gain recognition that this type of music is an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

The internet site also presents more than 100 photos and video clips of various activities about folk music.

Born in 1944, Professor Tran Quang Hai is a talented and renowned musician. His family has a history of musical talents over five generations. His father is Professor Tran Van Khe, the great master of traditional Vietnamese music.

He has studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Saigon before moving to France in 1961. While in France, he studied the theory and the practical application of Oriental music with his father.

He can play more than 15 different types of musical instruments, most are from Vietnam, China, India, Iran, Indonesia and Europe.

Professor Tran Quang Hai is also interested in musical research. He has improved the technique of spoon playing and of the Jewish harp. In 1970, he found a technique in overtone singing and is considered an expert in this field.  He has written numerous articles on Vietnamese and Asian music and composed hundreds of popular songs.

Professor Tran Quang Hai has received many prestigious international music awards.

Related article:
Promoting and preserving Southern amateur music

Source: SGGP

San Diu folk songs fade with time

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

San Diu folk songs fade with time

QĐND – Thursday, December 30, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)

The folk singing of the San Diu ethnic group in the northern province of Tuyen Quang is fading with time, worry local elders.

The folk lyric singing, known as Soong Co, is rarely heard now, even in Ninh Lai commune, Son Duong district, where the form was believed to have originated. Over 70 percent of the population of Ninh Lai commune are of the San Diu group but few young people can now sing the songs.

“I even don’t know how to speak the San Diu language, let alone sing the traditional songs,” say some teenagers in the area.

Do Van Huong, 66, is one of the rare remaining locals who still can, and he recalls the memories of his youth and falling in love with his wife, Hoang Thi Suu, during nights of singing Soong Co.

“Back then, men who couldn’t sing Soong Co will not have been able to find a wife,” said Huong. “In springs, when farmers weren’t so busy in the fields working, young people always joined singing festivals.”

Teams of singers travelled around, stopping at every village and recruiting more members at each stop, he said.

“The lyrics are simple spoken language, yet they contain melodies inside,” said Le Thi Long, 61, from Ninh Lai. “People loved to sing Soong Co since, through the songs, they could speak out their feelings and hopes.”

While young people sang the songs to find lovers, old people used them to teach the youth about the merits of the ancestors and good behaviour, Long said.

According to Nguyen Viet Thanh, director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, teens from local ethnic groups no longer wear traditional clothes, speak ethnic languages, or have even grown up in homes of traditional design.

The customs of other ethnic groups in the province were also fading, Thanh said, including the Long Tong (Field Work) Festival of the Tay ethnic group, the Cap Sac (coming of age) ceremony and Tet Nhay (New Year’s Dance) of the Dao group, the Nhay Lua (Fire Dance) of the Pa Then group, and the Sinh Ca songs of the Cao Lan group.

The province has begun a project to preserve these cultural values, with a budget of up to 3.8 billion VND (1.9 million USD). The project includes research on the cultural values of seven ethnic groups in 45 villages in the districts of Na Hang, Son Duong, Chiem Hoa, Yen Son and Ham Yen.

From that research, the most endangered heritage will be prioritised for preservation efforts, with some local festivals to be reconstituted in conjunction with economic and tourism development efforts.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Folk songs to be performed in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 4:49 am

Folk songs to be performed in Hanoi

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

A large-scale traditional music program will be launched in the My Dinh National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 12th on the occasion of the first National Ethnic Minority Congress.

The event, to be broadcast live on VTV1, VTV4 and VTV5 channels, includes performances of traditional music from three regions in Vietnam, such as folk songs, popular opera, festival songs and dances.

In particular, the audience will have a chance to enjoy songs and dances performed by artists from different ethic minorities in remote areas.

In early May, several activities will be launched to honour cultural identities of 54 ethnic minorities in Hanoi.

An exhibition on cultures and development of ethnic minorities will be held from May 9th to 14th at the Vietnam Arts and Culture Exhibition Centre. Several documentaries about ethnic minority people will be shown on this occasion.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

VN moves to preserve ‘world heritage’ folk singing

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 9:24 am

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on April 16 publicised a national action programme to preserve two UNESCO-recognised forms of Vietnamese folk singing in the 2010-2015 period. On the day, the two cultural treasures received UNESCO certificates recognising “Quan Ho Bac Ninh” singing (Bac Ninh folk love duets) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

Ca tru (Ceremony singing) is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO (Photo: VNA)

According to the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh, the action programme will look towards raising the communities’ awareness and capacity in preserving and promoting the unique value of these two cultural treasures.

It will assist Quan Ho and Ca Tru performers not only in performances, but also in sharing experiences with performers of other singing genres in and outside the country, thus enriching their understanding of cultural diversity and ways to protect it.

The ministry plans to systematically compile lists of the songs of the two art forms, both ancient and contemporary, and design communications campaigns to introduce them widely in society so as to draw the people’s attention to conserving these treasures in a sustainable manner.

In the period, the ministry will adopt preferential measures to honour the talented performers who have been greatly devoted to preserving and promoting the values of these intangible heritages, and issue policies encouraging performers to teach youngsters their art.

Also, performers having made significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of Quan Ho Bac Ninh and Ca Tru will be honoured with the titles “The People’s Artist” and “Emeritus Artist” as a way to encourage them to do more to keep these singing genres alive for future generations.

The ministry will formulate programmes to teach the two types of singing in arts schools and at general schools, targeting to train generations of young performers who will help maintain the love duet and ceremonial singing in contemporary life.

The State will also increase investment, along with mobilising funds from various sources in society, for the preservation of the two cultural treasures.

Originating in the northern province of Bac Ninh in around the 13th century, “Quan Ho” is an antiphonal singing tradition in which men and women take turns singing in a call and response pattern.

The love duets combine various elements, including music, lyrics, costumes, and a unique style of singing that reflects the close relationship between the singers. The rich and diverse tunes and fine lyrics of the songs portray the zest for life and distinctive cultural features of people in the region.

Ca Tru, known as “hat a dao” or “hat noi ”, dates back to the 15th century. Like many old and highly developed arts, it has many forms. However, the most widely known and widely performed type of Ca Tru involves only three performers: a female vocalist, a lute player and a spectator (who also takes part in the performance).

The female singer provides the vocals whilst playing her “phach” (small wooden sticks beaten on a small bamboo box to serve as percussion). She is accompanied by a man who plays the “dan day”, a long-necked, three-string lute used almost exclusively for the “ca tru” genre.

The last performer is the spectator (often a scholar or connoisseur of the art) who strikes a “trong chau” (praise drum) in praise (or disapproval) of the singer’s performance, usually with every passage of the song. The way in which he strikes the drum provides commentary on the performance, but he always does it according to the beat provided by the vocalist’s “phach” percussion.

Previously, “Nha Nhac Hue” (royal court music) of the Nguyen Dynasty and the Space of “Cong Chieng” (gong) Culture in the Central Highlands were also welcomed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as part of the World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Source: SGGP

Northern culture fest to highlight folk traditions

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

The Bac Ninh Province People’s Committee March 31 announced an upcoming festival from April 14-18 titled “Bac Ninh Literature – Gather and Shine.” 

Quan ho performances, a unique tradition of Bac Ninh Province, will be officially recognized as “World intangible heritage” by UNESCO on April 17 during the “Bac Ninh Literature – Gather and Shine” festival Addressing the press at Kinh Bac Cultural Center, event organizers said the festival will feature several activities related to art, culture, music and sport.
In addition, there will be a relics exhibition and folk music singing contest along with local art displays including Dong Ho paintings, Phu Lang terracotta, Dai Bai bronze works, Dong Ky woodworks, and time-honored Quan ho performances.
Traditional folk games like chicken fighting, releasing pigeons and human chess will round out the event.
The highlight of the festival will be an April 17 ceremony to award a certificate of merit to Bac Ninh for its Quan ho songs, which are being recognized as a “World intangible heritage” by UNESCO.
On the occasion, provincial officials will grant certificates of merit to 40 Quan ho craftsmen.

Source: SGGP