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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

Putin ‘sings songs’ with deported Russian spies

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin revealed he met and even sang patriotic Soviet songs with the group of Russian spies deported from the United States in the biggest espionage swap since the Cold War.


Putin, who himself served as a KGB agent in the ex-East Germany in the dying years of the Soviet Union, said the group included Anna Chapman, the Russian woman whose glamorous looks turned her into a tabloid star worldwide.


“I met with them. We talked about life. We sang. It was not karaoke but live music,” Putin told Russian reporters on a visit to Ukraine, according to a transcript posted Sunday on the government website.


“We sang ‘From Where the Motherland Begins’,” a hugely popular 1960s song made famous in a USSR film about a Soviet spy working in Nazi Germany.


“I’m not joking, I am serious. And other songs with a similar content,” said Putin.

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides Harley Davidson Lehman Trike decorated with Russian and Ukrainian national flags as he arrives for the meeting with motorbikers at their camp near Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Crimea on July 24, 2010

The group of 10 spies, many of whom had been working for years undercover in the United States as sleeper agents, returned to Russia earlier this month in a swap that saw Moscow send four Russian convicts to the West.


The 10 Kremlin agents had been arrested in an FBI swoop that initially threatened to derail a rapid improvement in Russia-US relations championed by President Dmitry Medvedev.


Putin hinted that the agents’ cover had been blown as a result of “treason” and that he knew the names of those responsible.


“This was the result of treason and traitors always end badly. They finish up as drunks, addicts, on the street,” said Putin.


Many ex-KGB spies have gone on the record slamming the shoddy and apparently antiquated spycraft of the 10, who were working for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).


But Putin indicated that the deported spooks would not be left without employment. “They will work, I am sure, they will work in worthy places. I do not doubt that they will have an interesting, bright life.”


He did not give further details on his encounter with Chapman, saying only that she had been present at the meeting. He did not say when or where the meeting had taken place.


Without talking specifically about the work of the deported spies, Putin praised the work of Russian agents, saying they “have a difficult life, every one of them.”


“You need to fulfil the task set in the interests of your motherland for many many years, not counting on diplomatic cover, exposing to danger yourself and your loved ones,” said Putin.

Source: SGGP

We need more good songs about Hanoi

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

There hasn’t been a good song written about Hanoi in years, some might say even decades.

Few places have as many songs written about them as Hanoi

There haven’t been any good songs about the capital that can win hearts of music lovers throughout the country for tens of years, many musicians conceded.


Hanoi has always been an indispensable subject for many generations of poets, writers and musicians nationwide.


Huynh Van Nghe, Nguyen Dinh Thi, Trinh Cong Son, Phu Quang, Pham Duy, Hoang Duong, Pham Tuyen, Hoang Hiep, Pho Duc Phuong, Hong Dang, Nguyen Cuong, and Duong Thu all penned famous poetry, lyrics and prose about Hanoi.


Few places have as many songs written about them as Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital for a thousands years, and the cultural centre of Vietnam, where each successive dynasty has left behind its footprints.


But modern singers have been unable to capture the charm and flair of our undying capital in their new pop tunes.


Although the capital is now more modern and living standards have improved, the city lacks good songs written about it. The capital’s cultural values are more important than every, but are less treasured than in the past, thanks to rapid development and rampant commercialization.


Art and creativity quietly depend on artists who must perceive the lives and changes of society to create their works.


So our artists and people have the responsibility to create a healthy and clear environment to arouse the emotional music that will make the capital shine from its birthday on into the future.


Hanoi’s 1,000th anniversary will be celebrates this October. Will we not have any songs?

Source: SGGP

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

Blind teacher’s songs give hope to kids

In Vietnam Education on November 20, 2009 at 10:49 am

Audiences were touched by a song written by blind music teacher Nguyen Van Thanh which he performed recently at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the blind in Ho Chi Minh City. He wrote the song as a special gift for his students.








Nguyen Van Thanh (standing) helps a student at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu school for the blind in Ho Chi Minh City ( Photo: SGGP)

The song incites students to believe in a happy future despite the hardships of being blind, he says. “I just lost the light but I still have the opportunity to study and teach, and I have friends around who love me,” said Thanh.


Born in 1970, Thanh lost his vision after suffering a serious illness at the age of three. He was sent to study at Nguyen Dinh Chieu School and later went on to study at Pedagogy College.


Upon graduation, Thanh applied for a teaching position at his old school for the blind, hoping to pass on his experiences to a new generation and honor his former teachers.


Fellow teacher Thanh Xuan said, “Students … become absorbed in Thanh’s music and quickly learn his songs by heart.”


The teacher has been honored with several awards for his performances in musical festivals over the years. And with Thanh’s unwavering dedication, several of his students have also gone on to win top prizes for singing at annual music competitions held by the education sector.


Thanh’s songs have even been performed at the Pacific Asia Music Festival for disabled people in Thailand, Japan and China and lauded by the international community.


Some songs, including “Teachers’ words,” have now been translated into English. He sings his songs with a fervor and love for life, inspiring hope in others.


Thanh wakes up early each day to catch a bus from his house in Cu Chi District and heads to Nguyen Dinh Chieu school where he works until 8PM. Despite the grueling schedule and hard work, he says he never thinks about quitting. “I [think about] my beloved pupils on the way to school and hear the laughter of my wife and baby on the way back home,” he says.


“Owing the old school … I spend my whole life repaying it,” Thanh sings from his song “In debt,” written when he first came to teach at Nguyen Dinh Chieu school.


On November 18 Thanh received the coveted 2009-2010 Vo Truong Toan Prize for excellence in teaching.

Related article:
Crowds hail teachers at annual ceremony


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Judge orders US music website to drop Beatles songs

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2009 at 11:12 am

A judge ordered a California online music service to stop delivering Beatles songs to users, according to a copy of the ruling posted online.


US District Court Judge John Walter in Los Angeles sided with British music giant EMI, which filed suit this week accusing Bluebeat.com and its parent company Media Rights Technologies of infringing on its rights to Beatles songs.


Walter brushed aside Bluebeat’s contention that it wasn’t violating copyright laws because Beatles tunes at its website were re-recorded “audio visual performances with related sounds.”


Bluebeat did not submit any reliable evidence to support its claim that it “independently developed their own original sounds,” the judge said in his ruling.


Walter issued a restraining order barring Bluebeat from streaming or selling Beatles digital downloads of Beatles music and said he believed EMI was likely to win its legal case against the Internet firm.


EMI owns the rights to Beatles recordings and collaborates with Apple Corps on distribution of the music.


EMI said that Bluebeat, which offers MP3 downloads of songs for 25 cents each, is not authorized sell Beatles tunes.


Apple Corps was the Beatles recording label and is controlled by surviving members of the legendary 1960s era band and spouses of the late John Lennon and George Harrison.


Apple Corps has been notoriously leery of making Beatles music available for digital download, eschewing even allowing songs to be delivered to iPod or iPhone devices through the globally popular iTunes online store.


Beatles music made a tentative step in September toward a digital future with the release of “The Beatles: Rock Band” videogame devoted to the group’s music and performances.








File picture from 1964 shows the Beatles, from left John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, arriving in New York

Another step was taken Wednesday with the announcement that EMI and Apple Corps will make a re-mastered catalogue of Beatles music available digitally on limited edition USB drives in early December.


The apple-shaped USB drives with 16 gigabytes of memory each will contain 14 stereo titles as well as music video, photos, album art, and 13 mini-documentary films about studio albums.


They are priced at 280 dollars (US) and can be pre-ordered online at the official beatles.com website.


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