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New TV Singing Contest 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

Minh Chuyen of Ha Nam Province on January 2 won the first prize at the Sao Mai Diem Hen (Music Star Rendezvous) music contest 2010.  The contest is organises by Viet Nam Television in order to discover future pop stars.

Singer Minh Chuyen (R) is presented with flowers, after winning the Sao Mai Diem Hen music award contest 2010 on January 2. (Photo:SGGP)

The event took place at Maximax Sport Hall in Ho Chi Minh City.

Luong Viet Quang, from Ho Chi Minh City, took home the ‘Most Favourite Singer’ award, chosen by the audience.

Dinh Manh Ninh from Hanoi, and Ha Hoai Thu from Quang Ninh Province, won the most ‘Promising Singer’ title.

Established in 2004, the Sao Mai Diem Hen musical contest is regarded as one of the most prestigious national musical contests. It is an occasion for young singers to demonstrate their talents in the field of folk-song, opera, pop and rock music.

The Sao Mai Award winners should have many opportunities, to develop further their musical talents and be successful in, their future careers, said organising board member Huyen Thanh.

Pop star Phuong Linh won the event in 2006 and many opportunities developed because of her winning the contest.

Source: SGGP

English singing contest takes place

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

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

Quan ho folklore singing festival 2010 to be held in April

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 12:07 am

Quan ho folklore singing festival 2010 to be held in April

QĐND – Thursday, March 25, 2010, 21:16 (GMT+7)

The northern Bac Ninh provincial People’s Committee has decided to organize the Quan ho folklore singing festival 2010, April 17th to 18th , to welcome the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Thang Long – Hanoi and Quan ho Bac Ninh folklore singing’s recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

Offering incense at the Do temple, a ceremony to receive the certificate of quan ho Bac Ninh folklore singing’s recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, sport activities, Quan ho folk singing performances, and water puppetry performances will be held during the event.

In addition, there will be a tourism and trade fair, an exhibition on the provincial socio-economic achievements, a contest on Quan ho folklore singing, a showcase of products from traditional villages, and folklore games.

The festival will contribute to the preservation and promotion of values of Quan ho Bac Ninh folklore singing and will be an opportunity to promote the economic potential, culture and people of the province.

Source: CPV

Source: QDND

Mexico hijacker is singing, gunslinging evangelical

In World on September 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Mexican Federal Police present to the media Jose Mar Flores Pereira from Bolivia accused of hijacking an AeroMexico plane in Mexico City, September 9, 2009

A man who hijacked a Mexican plane is a singing evangelical minister, marksman and martial arts whiz who friends nicknamed “Crazy” as he turned to religion to escape a life of drug addiction and petty thieving.

Bolivian-born Jose Mar Flores, 44, set off a national security alert on Wednesday when he hijacked a plane flying from Cancun to Mexico City. He wielded a Bible and fruit juice cans filled with earth and bound with silver tape and wires to look like bombs.

The AeroMexico plane landed safely and all on board escaped unhurt after a senior crew member reasoned with Flores, who read from his Bible, wept, prayed and said he needed to warn Mexican President Felipe Calderon of an impending earthquake.

“I love this nation, I love God’s people. I want us to pray because tremendous things are ahead,” Flores told reporters after his arrest. “There is only one way to avoid it — by uniting, by crying out wherever we are, whoever we are, whatever our religion, by begging God for this not to happen.”

Security Minister Genaro Garcia Luna said Flores told police he picked the attack for September 9, 2009 because the date 9-9-9 is the inverse of 6-6-6, a number associated with the devil, and that the Holy Spirit accompanied him on his mission. He has yet to be charged.

Worshippers at Flores’s evangelical church near the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca said he was gifted at healing the sick, and neighbors described him as quiet and respectful.

But Internet video footage shows a bizarre character with an obsession for cowboy-style gun tricks and martial arts. Friends nicknamed him “Crazy Flores”, the daily Reforma said.

In one video clip, Flores shows off pistol-spinning skills, does some tricks with nunchucks — fighting sticks joined by a chain — then tosses a coin in the air and shoots it, dramatically falling down afterward and rolling on the ground.

He then shoots a hole through his wallet and inspects the damaged banknotes inside.


Flores is then shown under a plastic sheet in a boat in a deep canyon in southern Mexico begging God to stop a raging storm. When the weather clears, he tosses his gun into the river and throws his arms in the air as friends applaud.

“I was the meanest shot in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. But Christ showed himself to be all-powerful,” Flores tells worshippers in a sermon about the incident that was also filmed.

“I promised Jehovah that never again in my life would I pick up a gun,” he says, addressing a crowded arena from a stage filled with plants and conga drums.

Flores’s wife Elizabeth Melgar apologized for the hijack of the plane, which had 104 passengers aboard, and said he only wanted to get the media’s attention about a dangerous earthquake he believed would soon hit.

“He just wanted to be listened to,” she told reporters. “Only time will tell if it was truly God who sent him.”

Flores arrived in Mexico a decade ago from Bolivia, addicted to cocaine and having served jail time, and began busking in Mexico City‘s seedy Plaza Garibaldi square, Reforma reported.

He also resorted to begging and thieving until he was befriended by a man who took him to his evangelical church and Flores became a preacher who tried to help drug addicts.

Under the stage name “Josmar” he recorded compact discs, decorated with his beaming photograph, of Christian songs sung in his vibrato-heavy voice accompanied by electronic organ.

Source: SGGP