Goi Nho Que Hyong
Born in 1964, Bich Phuong has been one of Vietnam's leading folk singers for many years, especially known for singing southern folk songs and Cai Luong. Her voice is accompanied by dan bao, dan tranh and modern instrumentation.
1. Goi Nho Que Huong 2. Huong Toc Ma Non 3. Bai Ca Dat Phuong Nam 4. Dan Sao Hau Diang 5. Dieu Buon Phuong Nam 6. Con Thuong Rau Dang Moc Sau He 7. Hinh Bong Que Nha 8. Ru Con 9. Chiec Ao Ba Ba
Cam Ly is probably the leading singer of southern folk songs as well as a performer of pop. On this album she sings a selection of the folk style with a mix of traditional and modern instrumentation.
1. Gio Len 2. Nguu Lang Chuc Nu 3. Mai Mot Anh Ve 4. Thim Hai Lua 5. Bau Nho Nguoi Thuong 6. Moi Duyen Que (duet with Quoc Dai) 7. Cau Hat Ly Theo Chong 8. Tet Que Huong 9. Hen Mua Trang Sau 10. Vang Trang Tao Ngo
QUANG LINH & VAN KHANH
Em Ve Voi Ngyoi
Album with two of Vietnam's finest singers. Wonderful female vocalist Van Khanh (as featured on the Blue Asia album Hotel Vietnam), and her male equivalent Quang Linh. Some great songs on this collection. Click on the Listen button to hear some.
1. Cau ho ben bo Hien Luong Hoang Hiep / Quang Linh 2. Hue, Tinh Yeu Cua toi Thanh Binh - Truong Tuyet Mai / Van Khanh 3 Em Ve Voi Nguoi Mac The Nhan / Quang Linh 4. Nguoi Di Xay Ho ke go Nguyen Van Ty / Van Khanh 5. Thuo Bong La Nguoi Trinh Cong Son / Van Khanh 6. Ai Ra Xu Hue Duy Khanh / Quang Linh 7. Mua Mien Trung Phan Huynh Dieu / Van Khanh 8. Mat Hue Xua Quoc Dung / Quang Linh 9. Mot Khuc Tam Tinh Nguoi HaTinh Nguyen Van Ty / Van Khanh 10. Ho Vi dam "Gian Ma Thuong" / Van Khanh 11. Bai Ca Dau Doi Quoc Dung / Quang Linh 12. Hue Dem Trang / Van Khanh & Quang Linh
Born in Hue in 1965, Quang Linh is one of Vietnam's top singers of Vietnamese folk songs with a modern backing of western and Vietnamese instruments. You can listen to several tracks.
1. Tieng Mua Roi / Khánh Bang & Quang Linh 2. Ratt Hue / Võ Tá Hân & Quang Linh 3. Chân Quê 2 Tho / Nguyen Bính , Minh Quang & Quang Linh 4. Neo Dau Ben Quê / An Thuyên & Quang Linh 5. Trên Dòng Sông Nho / Hàn Châu & Quang Linh 6. Thang Bom / Ngoc Le & Quang Linh 7. Trách Phan, Phan Bá Chuc / Nguyen Huu Ninh & Quang Linh 8. Chi Còn Bien Thôi / Nguyen Ðình Tham & Quang Linh 9. Hue Xua / Châu Ky & Quang Linh 10. Yêu Nguroi Yêu Ðoi / Lê Huu Hà & Quang Linh
Dong Song Que Huong (Vol. 2)
Compilation of several stars of contemporary Vietnamese music scene, many tracks using distinct Vietnamese instruments with a western backing. Some fantastic voices among the slush. Artists include Giang Tu, Thanh Long and Dinh Van.
1. Giang Tu / Rang Dong Tren Que Huong Viet Nam Pham The My 2. Ngoc Yen / Mua Ve Mien Trung Phan Huynh Dieu Ngoc Yen 3. Giang Tu / Tau Ve Que 4. Bao Yen / O Hai Dau Noi Nho Phan Huynh Dieu 5. Quang Linh / Cau Ho Ben bo Hien Luong Hoang Hiep 6. Dinh Van / Tieu Can Mot Khuc Tinh ca Huy Phuong 7. Quang Linh / Thuong Ve Mien Trung Minh Ky 8. Quang Linh / Thuong Ve Mien dat Lanh Minh Ky - Da Cam 9. Thu Hien / Co Gai Xu Dua Giao Tien 10. Yen Thu / Kien Giang Minh dep lam Le Giang Bich Phuong 11. Thuy Duong / Loi Nguoi ra di Tran Toan Giang Tu 12. Le Tuan / Em Gai Ha Tien Y Van 13. Thanh Long / Ve Day Nghe em Tran Quanh Loc - Anh Khue 14. Dinh Van / Con Thuong Rau Dang Sau He Bac Son
Thuong Hue Mua Dong
Modern versions of Vietnamese folk tunes and orignal songs. The Vietnamese instruments combined with synthesizers and drum machines, with superb singing from Hue's finest vocalist.
HUONG THANH & NGUYEN LE
Fourth album by Vietnamese long term Paris resident and singer Huong Thanh and Parisian born guitarist Nguyen Le. Nguyen Le receives co-billing for the first time as the artist, as producer, engineer, mixer, arranger of the traditional tunes, co-composer of the others as well as playing guitars, synthesizers and adding other layers of sounds. Le uses the fantastic voice of Huong Thanh almost like another instrument as she soars, glides and hovers around Vietnamese traditional melodies surrounded by a mélange of jazz and world influences. As on previous albums, the jazz elements are provided by Dominique Borker's piano, Paolo Frescu's trumpet and the double bass of Renaud Garcia-Fons. What differentiates this album from previous is the array of string and percussion instruments from around the world. Aside to the Vietnamese dan bao (monochord) and dan tranh (zither) is the Japanese koto performed by Mieko Miyazaki. Miyazaki is featured on most tracks some in superb duos with Le on electric guitar. Balafons, various shakers and congas add African rhythms, which expertly connect with Asian melodies on a beautifully crafted album. 1. Drifting On The Water 2. Weaving & Awaiting 3. Faithfulness 4. Plantation Song 5. The Five Calls Of The Night 6. Fragile Beauty 7. Rowing The Sampan 8. The Pavilion Of Cristallized Azure 9. At Dusk, From The West Balcony 10. Go Cong Blues 11. The Swallows' Bridge 12. Tales Of The Mountain
Van Xuan - 11 Ca Khuc Kieu Tan Vol. 1
Excellent compilation of Vietnamese modern folk and country songs. Mixture of Vietnamese and Western instrumentation with spinetinglingly good female and male vocals, some in duet. 1. Van Xuan - Minh Anh & Minh Anh 2.Tieng Nhac Xa Xua - Vanh Khanh, Khanh Duy 3. Tu Ay - My Dung 4. Tay Tien - AC&M 5. Bai Ca Hac Hai - Quoc Dai 6. Ma Cua Con -Thanh Thuy 7. Anh Trang - Y Jang Tuyn 8. Trang Mien Ha - Thanh Thuy 9. Dang Nguoi - Khanh Duy 10. Chuc Xuan - Ho Bich Ngoc 11. Tiep Loi Que Huong -Ta Minh Tam, Top Ca
Sai Gon Nang Sai Gon Mua - 11 Ca Khuc Kieu Tan Vol. 2
Volume 2 in this series features more pop / folk songs from Hue and the South. Mixture of slow and more upbeat songs with mostly male singers on this one. 1. Saigon Mot Thoang - Khanh Duy 2. Saigon Nang, Saigon Mua - My Dung 3. Mat Ha - Dong Quan 4. Saigon Dang Em - Xuan Truong 5. Em Ve Ben Kia Song - Dong Quan 6. Vung Dat Rong Bay - Khanh Duy 7. Khuc Xuan Vang Phai - Van Khanh 8. Chieu Xuan - Xuan Phu 9. Mua Hue - Van Khanh 10. Tinh Yeu Da Lat - Dinh Nguyen 11. Voi Vang Cung Xuan - Ho Bich Ngoc
Tinh Yeu Nhu Gio Hoa - 11 Ca Khuc Kieu Tan Vol. 3
Volume 3 of Vietnamese pop / folk, these songs with slightly less Vietnamese ingredients than the previous volumes. 1. Lua La Sac Ao Kieu Sa - Nhu Y 2. Tuoi Mua Xanh - Thanh Ngoc 3. Tinh Yeu Nhu Gio Hoa - Nhu Y, Dinh Nguyen 4. May Ao Trang - Xuan Phu 5. Mat Nhung - Quang Linh 6. Ru Em Mua Ha - Dong Quan 7. Lan, Anh Da Yeu Em - Dinh Nguyen 8. Chi Vi Yeu Anh - Hong Hanh 9. Oi, Ngon Gio Nao - Xuan Phu 10. Mua Huong Cuoi - Dong Quan 11. Da Khuc - Khanh Duy
Once again Thanh's voice soars magnificently over textured layers of traditional and modern accompaniment. The global influences are even more apparent (North African, Arabic) the usual jazzy guitars and trumpet all melded together with traditional songs in the best possible taste. Simply brilliant. Click here to email for availability
Thanh's second album is as stunning as the first. Her voice is still the central point, while the accompanying instruments and musicians add new dimensions. These include Richard Bona on bass and percussion and the Barbes Deluxe Strings. A lush sound that mixes ancient melodies with modern instrumentation, beautifully played. Click here to email for availability
Moon And Wind
Dem Phuong Nam Nghe Cau Ho Hue
Excellent album of modern style Hue folk tunes from an outstanding female vocalist. Mix of Vietnamese instruments and synthesizer/drum machine backing. A little schmaltzy at times, but nevertheless a quality singing performance from a star of pop folk.
Gui Em Chiec Non Bai Tho
Duy Thuong sings Hue style folk tunes. He is the male equivalent of female singer Thu Hien who joins him for several tracks on this album. Synthesizer and Vietnamese instrumentation accompaniment.
Tinh Doi - The Best of
Huong Lan is the daughter of a famous traditional theater actor, and began singing on the stage from an early age at cai luong (Vietnamese opera) shows. When she got older she switched to a more popular style, but one that is still close to Vietnamese traditions, the folk music from north, central and southern Vietnam, particularly slower ballads. All the usual traditional Vietnamese instruments are represented here, and blend perfectly with Huong Lan's wonderful voice.
Nho Hue - The Best of
Ten tracks of Hue folk based contemporary pop songs. Mostly romantic style ballads with Vietnamese and western instrumentation. Best of compilation from one of Vietnam's most loved singers.
Ha Tinh Que Minh
From Hue, Thu Hien is one of Vietnam's greatest singers. She seems to have two voices; the very Vietnamese and beautiful singing style and then an occasional operatic upper register. The music is always full of Vietnamese flavours in the instrumentation and vocals with some schmaltzy backing thrown in for local tastes. Nevertheless, her great voice ultimately triumphs over the bland bits. Some wonderful, haunting music here among this CD's 10 tracks and 53 minutes.
Superb album by the wonderful female singer Thu Hien. All too often when Vietnamese traditional music is combined with western keyboards the results are over sentimental and syrupy. Thu Hien's amazing voice seems to carry most of her albums into more western acceptable territory. Not without slush, but also with quality.
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Superb singing, questionable instrumentation. 12 tracks of modern pop folk Hue style songs. As usual, some syrupy moments, some sublime.
Collection of upbeat and slow tunes, sung as ever impeccably by Thu Hien. Most songs with strong Vietnamese flavors and generally high quality CD.
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