Behind the Music

The ups & downs and personal & professional life of local celebrity Kyo York It’s pretty easy to prise open a locked scooter compartment if you know what you’re doing—just force the seat up at the right angle, and there’s a distinct clack; everything inside is yours, and you’re gone well before the bike’s owner

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These Boys’ Lives

Vietnam’s biggest boy band is at the top of the charts again, but not for their music It’s sometimes jokingly said in publishing circles that there are never any guarantees in putting out a bestseller, unless of course you happen to be some kind of celebrity. For most authors, this is just one of the

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Best Pop Solo Performance

Meet Ha Okio, the first Vietnamese singer to make the first rounds for a Grammy Award Ha Okio walks in, sits down, and politely takes control of the situation. He moves with purpose, like a man with a list of things to do and a plane to catch. He settles in and, unusual for someone

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Jazz Hands with Tran Minh Tuan

With sax player Tran Manh Tuan, you hear him before you see him Walking up to Tran Manh Tuan’s villa in the morning after the rain, there are the unmistakable sounds of a saxophone going up and down the tonal scale. It’s a distinctly metropolitan wake up call. Now the tones escape his studio and

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Introducing Thao Trang, Vietnam’s Rihanna

Singer Thao Trang’s ambition to become as famous as the Barbadian superstar I’m probably not the only one who’s reluctant to bring up the topic of Rihanna when chatting with Thao Trang these days. It may be a sore point; it’s only been a matter of weeks since the Vietnamese singer posted an out- of-nowhere

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Zero to Hero

Vietnam’s next musical idol, German Viet Kieu Trong Hieu American Idol may already be walking the green mile, but the popular TV format appears to be stronger than ever here in Vietnam, where the show continues to reward artists who break the local pop industry’s cookie mold. While its US counterpart has long since been

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The Sound Of Silence

Is it curtains for classical music in Vietnam? The 2015 Vietnamese Art Festival Autumn Melodies finished its triumphant run on August 30th. The one-week program consisted of 11 shows from a variety of music styles and performance disciplines such as symphony orchestra, chamber music, musicals, ballet, baroque, piano solos and contemporary dance. It opened with

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In Session with Frank Turner

The punk rocker turned British folk songsmith arrives in Saigon this March with his unique brand of storytelling through catchy melodies and insightfully inclusive lyrics. Drawing from largely autobiographical inspiration and the nation of his birth, Frank Turner embodies what it is to be an honest musician. Having plied his exciting trade previously around Europe,

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