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Indie music tops the chart of local music




Lê Cát Trọng Lý is a notable indie artist with many quality products. Photo

HCM CITY Indie music continues to top the charts of the Vietnamese music industry, according to Người Lao Động (Labourer) newspaper.

Indie music refers to independent artists who compose, remix and record their own songs, instead of depending on management companies with certain media strategies. 

Earlier this year, the Vietnamese indie industry witnessed significant growth with a number of indie projects expected to be introduced this year.

YouTube views Cần Gì Hơn (I Don’t Need Anything More Than You), which marked the first collaboration of two hot artists Tiên Tiên and Justatee, has been a hit on many online music channels. 

Since the song is a blend of R&B and American-style old school genres, it has stood out from the crowd and gained three million views, making it into the top three YouTube trending after a few days.

Meanwhile, Có Em Đời Bỗng Vui (I’m Happier with You) by Chillies band has a romantic theme with gentle pop and ballad rhythm.

As the band wants to emphasise the feel rather than the “look” of their songs, Chillies has skipped making music videos for their products, such as Who? and Và Thế Là Hết (That’s the End).

With their latest piece, Có Em Đời Bỗng Vui, Chillies created a simple, one-background video and the band, again, did not disappoint viewers. 

Con Dế Mèn Hát Vào Mùa Hè (Crickets Sing in Summer), created by musician Nguyễn Bảo Tùng and his friend called Trang, has also caught public attention. 

Though coming from a design and architecture background, Tùng has successfully told his stories via music.

While Tùng rapped and reviewed his past love in which listeners could find themselves, Trang sang and brought elements of poetry to Con Dế Mèn Hát Vào Mùa Hè

Nguyễn Minh Kha, who is usually referred to as a “romantic indie guy”, recently brought out Em Có Nghe (Can You Hear?), a bright piece with addictive tunes.

His audience agrees that Kha has become more mature and bold in his way of doing music.

Local scene

HCM City was expecting two grand indie music festivals this year, including Thơm music festival and another one organised by HCM City Pop Music Centre, with participation of many famous indie vocalists.

However, the two events have been postponed given the current situation with COVID-19.

Many artists have continued to work on their individual project, such as Lê Cát Trọng Lý.

Thirteen years after her debut, Lý has finally introduced the teaser for her first music video Tám Chữ Có (There Were).  

The teaser for her music video opens with majestic scenery in Africa where Lý holds a guitar and is one with nature.

Though Tám Chữ Có is no stranger to viewers, the official music video has an English version and was done in collaboration with the Kenyan Boys Choir. 

The song is part of Lý’s album, which will be released at the end of this year.

If indie artists once lived in their own world that was separate from the mass market, this is the time for this music to thrive and make a significant impression on the public. 

Especially now when indie artists have invested more in their products, their quality music videos and performances have made the local music scene more vibrant.

Though this genre has elements of freedom, how a piece is carefully thought out determines whether or not the public loves it, musician Phạm Toàn Thắng said.



Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba Archipelago recognized as world heritage



The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago to the World Heritage List on Saturday night (Vietnam time).

UNESCO announced the new inscription of the Vietnamese site to the list at the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at 9:39 pm (Vietnam time) on the same day.

Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago is Vietnam’s first inter-provincial UNESCO-listed world heritage site.

Cat Ba Archipelago in Hai Phong, a major port city in northern Vietnam, is the largest limestone archipelago of the country. It includes over 360 islands, including Cat Ba Island to the south of Ha Long Bay.

The archipelago had earlier been recognized by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve, the government news site reported.

Ha Long Bay in neighboring Quang Ninh Province was named by UNESCO as a world heritage site twice in 1994 and 2000.

Lan Ha Bay in Cat Ba Archipelago in Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Lan Ha Bay in Cat Ba Archipelago in Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

The Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago cluster boasts a rich diversity of island and ocean ecosystems, reported Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper.

The newly-recognized world heritage site is home to various rare animals and plants, and houses the country’s largest maritime forest with an area of more than 17,000 hectares.

In September 2016, the prime minister allowed the Hai Phong City administration to work with authorities in Quang Ninh Province to plan the nomination of Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago as a world heritage site.

Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago was added to the World Heritage List due to the beauty of its natural landscapes, including charming vegetation-covered limestone islands, breathtaking limestone islets, and impressive karst formations.

Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago is Vietnam’s first inter-provincial UNESCO-listed world heritage site. Photo: Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre

Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago is Vietnam’s first inter-provincial UNESCO-listed world heritage site. Photo: Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre

Before the new addition, Vietnam was home to eight UNESCO-recognized world heritage sites.

Among them are Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province, Ha Long Bay, the Hue Imperial Citadel City in Thua Thien Hue Province, Hoi An Ancient Town and the My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam Province, Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty in Thanh Hoa Province, and the Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh Province.

The 45th session reviewing the sites nominated for the World Heritage List was attended by Associate Professor Dr. Le Thi Thu Hien, head of the Department of Cultural Heritage under the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van, head of the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to UNESCO.

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In Vietnam, woman helps disabled husband fulfill wish of organ donation



The wife of a disabled man in Hanoi who was declared dead from a brain hemorrhage donated his organs to save the lives of others, according to his wishes.

D.T.B., 43, passed away but his heart, liver, and two kidneys still survive in the bodies of others, Hanoi-based Viet Duc University Hospital said on Wednesday.

N.T.H., B.’s wife, said she and B. got married in 2008 and have raised their son and daughter together despite obstacles and difficulties.

B. worked as a cargo transporter and H. as a rice farmer, scrap trader, and domestic helper to make ends meet.

Her family lived in a nine-square-meter house before recently moving to a larger home.

H. has been undergoing thyroid disease treatment at an oncology hospital over the past eight years. However, the disease developed into thyroid cancer last year.

While receiving treatment at the hospital, she was informed that her husband had collapsed while resting after work.

B. was rushed to the General Hospital of Agriculture where doctors found that he had suffered brain hemorrhage and his heart had stopped beating.

H. hurriedly returned home to see her husband for the last time.

Suppressing the pain of losing her husband, H. requested that his organs be donated, according to her deceased husband’s wishes.

According to H., B.’s dream of donating his organs was ignited after watching a report on organ donation in 2009 and deciding he wanted his organs to be used to help other continue their lives.

Despite her family’s protest, H. had B.’s body transported to Viet Duc University Hospital where his organs were donated.

“Whenever someone told me that he would hurt, I smiled and replied that was his wish. He left but still did good things for life,” H. shared.

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Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to host first trail race in November



An Giang Province in southern Vietnam is set to host a trail running competition on November 22 this year at the Cam Mountain tourist area, located in the province’s Tinh Bien Town.

The provincial Center for Investment and Trade Promotion and the administration of Tinh Bien jointly held a press conference on Thursday to announce the Cam Mountain Trail 2023, the first trail race in the Mekong Delta region.

The tournament is co-organized by the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, the Victoria Nui Sam Hotel, Vietrace365 JSC, and the management board of the Cam Mountain tourist area.

The Cam Mountain Trail is expected to promote physical activity habits and the trailing running trend in the area as well as across the country.

Le Trung Hieu, director of the provincial Center for Investment and Trade Promotion, said the event will enable An Giang to promote its tourism, cultural customs, and local specialties, aside from spreading a positive message to keep a healthy lifestyle.

Running enthusiasts from beginners to athletes are welcomed to take part in the sports event, which offers runners 5km, 10km, 21km và 42km races through stunning landscapes including lush forests, mountain passes, and tourist attractions.

Some trails of the upcoming Cam Mountain Trail 2023. Photo: Courtesy of organizer
Some trails of the upcoming Cam Mountain Trail 2023. Photo: Courtesy of organizer

The participants are required to finish their races starting from delta areas to the top of Cam Mountain within 7-8 hours.

The first finishers of the mentioned-above distances will be awarded medals and the respective sums of VND3 million (US$124), VND4 million ($165), VND5 million ($206), and VND7 million ($290).

Up to now, around 1,000 runners have registered to join the trail race, according to the organizer.

Since the Cam Mountain Trail 2023 is the first of its kind in the delta, the organizer limits the number of runners in the competition at some 1,300 only. 

The figure will be revised up in the next few years if local lodging facilities are able to offer their services to more runners.

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