Istolethesoul posted a link to an amazing, eclectic Turkish jazz mix by Onur Engin which got me wondering about the existence of Vietnamese jazz (the muthaland, yo). Did not come across any jazz but came across some good electronic music from a producer in Hanoi. Electronic music is fairly new in Vietnam but seems to be slowly growing.
Check out Tri Minh here.
On the Turkish tip, I think this is some of the most beautiful “flute” playing ever (obviously not the flute but some Turkish instrument whose name I don’t know). You can feel how Omar Faruk Tekbilek feels when listening to this. Beautiful!
Here’s some vintage footage of a performance by a well respected old school Vietnamese nhac vang (“yellow music“) singer, Khanh Ly:
This song (“Singing Above the Dead Bodies”) was written by a popular composer (Trinh Cong Son) in Vietnam during one of the many imperialist wars waged on Vietnam and sung by the same popular singer, Khanh Ly. It was written to commemorate the victims of the Hue Massacre, committed by Northern Vietnamese troops (during times of war, atrocities often happen on both sides.. we’ve all heard of the My Lai Massacre committed by American troops..):
When I was growing up, I hated this stuff my mom listened to all the time but now that I’m older, I have gained an appreciation for it. I’m also fascinated by nhac do (“red music“) and the socio-political context it came out of…