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May 25th
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Vietnam traditional music and traditional instruments

Lullaby song, folk song, spiritual song… Gongs or Cong-Chieng, lithopone, 36 string zither… Traditional music has played an important role in the lives of the Vietnamese. Currently, music still occupies a considerable position in the spiritual lives of the Vietnamese.

Lullaby singing

Lullaby singing When I was a baby, my mom and my grand mom used to sing the Vietnamese lullabies for me. It was just not to lull me to sleep but also was the way they connected to my heart. At that time, I could not understand the meaning of the lullabies but I could feel the warmth and sweetness of my mom and my grand mom. And I grew up with these lullabies…  Let me tell you about the lullabies that most Vietnamese did listen when they were little children. Hat ru (or Lullaby singing) is a sort of folk music often heard in Vietnam, especially in the countryside. Ru as a noun is certainly a song to lull babies, and as a verb is to lull, but Vietnamese women use them to consign their fates and also express feelings, such as homesickness or the mood of a wife missing her husband, etc. In order to make the child slowly fall asleep, the song’s rhythm is mostly quiet, the tone is stretched as melodiously as a little dialogue between the mother and the child. Read more >>
 

The Quan ho singing tradition

The Quan ho singing tradition For the Bac Ninh people, festivals not only allow them to highlight their own village's specialties, such as ceramics, folk painting, wrestling, kite ... Read more >>

Cheo, a popular traditional music performance

Cheo, a popular traditional music performance There’s a folk verse in Vietnam that tells about a lazy guy who does not want to do anything but could not resist the attraction of a Cheo play, whi... Read more >>

Xẩm - a Vietnamese classical form of music

Xẩm - a Vietnamese classical form of music Xam singing, a Vietnamese form of art aged centuries, has always been preserved as the nation’s delicate piece of culture to be admired by numerous ... Read more >>

Cai luong (Reformed Theatre)

Cai luong (Reformed Theatre) Cai Luong (roughly translated as “ renovated theatre ”) is a form of modern folk opera, particularly famous in Southern Vietnam. It is the convergenc... Read more >>

The Klong put

The Klong put The Klong put is the Xe Dang language name of a musical instrument of the wind family, air driving-in branch. It is played by ethnic groups in Tay Ngu... Read more >>

T’rung - The traditional folk-musical instrument

T’rung - The traditional folk-musical instrument As one of the most popular folk-music instrument of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam, T’rung is considered the symbol of Vietnam’s ethnic minorit... Read more >>
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