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Music project LiveSpace helps Vietnamese underground artists show off talent



(L-R) Frontman Hà Nguyễn of the band Chú Cá Lơ, Director of L’Espace, Thierry Vergon, Monsoon Music Festival’s director, composer and music producer Quốc Trung, representative of the Paris-based record label and music distributor Believe, and Chief Editor of Thể Thao & Văn Hóa newspaper, Lê Xuân Thành, seen at a press conference on LiveSpace in Hà Nội on Tuesday. Photos courtesy of L’Espace

HÀ NỘI Talented Vietnamese underground music bands will have the chance to shine at Livespace Vietnam – a new playground launched by L’Espace in collaboration with Moonsoon Music Festival, and the Thể Thao & Văn Hóa newspaper.

Initiated by L’Espace to create opportunities for the development of musical talents, LiveSpace Vietnam will search for  talented young artists.

“The Vietnamese music industry doesn’t have the necessary conditions and factors to allow young and talented artists to access and develop in an international environment. Meanwhile, they have to face many difficulties and challenges in promoting their name, career and management, as well as demo recordings.

“Nowadays, with the rapid development of the internet and other popular communication channels, young artists can introduce their products online. However, the process that allows them to become a professional artist is beyond their ability,” Director of L’Espace, Thierry Vergon, said at a press conference about the music project in Hà Nội on Tuesday.    

During the open call for submissions from from January 7 to February 28, and from April 1 to May 30, the best artists and bands will be selected to show off their talent at a live concert that will be organised every two months. Every concert which takes place from January to September at L’Espace will introduce three artists or bands. The opening concert on January 16 wil feature the Hà Nội-based bands Limebócx, Những Đứa Trẻ, and Chú Cá Lơ.

Rock band Chú Cá Lơ.

Alongside a stage for young artists to shine, the LiveSpace concert series will also offer opportunities for music lovers to have a fresh experience as they will be among the very first to listen to new songs by up-and-coming musicians.

In addition, LiveSpace will support every selected artist to build their career by providing knowledge and tools.

“Fifteen selected artists will have the chance to attend training programmes or workshops which have been designed to help them gain confidence,” said director Vergon.

A team of experts in the music industry will support the selected artists. The promising artists will be offered a photoshoot by a French photographer, workshop on how to manage the stage conducted by experts from the Monsoon Music Festival, a porfolio created with the consultancy of experienced experts, and a studio-quality recording.

Limebócx is among three bands that will perform at the first LiveSpace concert on January 16.

“This support aims to enhance the capacity of the artists and at the same time equip them with professional knowledge so they can pursue their musical career,” the L’Espace director said.

At the end of the concert series, the selected artists will enter a voting round in October. Voting results will be based partly on the number of online votes on the LiveSpace Vietnam’s Facebook page and the jury will play the main role in making the final decision. The winner will be announced on October 11 with many valuable awards including an opportunity to hold a national tour starting at the Monsoon Music festival and a distribution and marketing contract with Believe – a Paris-based record label and music distributor.

Band Những Đứa Trẻ will perform at the 1st LiveSpace concert on January 16.

Composer and music producer Quốc Trung, who is also director of Monsoon Music Festival – Việt Nam’s biggest international music festival – expects that the LiveSpace will be organised annually, thus can “open a door for Vietnamese artists to meet and exchange with other international artists”.

The first LiveSpace concert on January 12 is expected to offer an eclectic  music scene as it will be a journey from rock to electro, mixing together a touch of traditional Vietnamese music.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased on or at L’Espace, 24 Tràng Tiền Street.



Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu dies



Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu, who was well-known in southern Viet Nam in the 1970s, died of COVID-19 in the US on January 15. She was 78. — File photo from

HCM CITY — Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu, who was well-known in southern Việt Nam in the 1970s, died of COVID-19 in the US on January 15. She was 78.

Lệ Thu, whose real name was Bùi Thị Oanh, was born in Hải Phòng City in 1943.

She moved to Sài Gòn, now HCM City, with her family when she was 10 years old.

She began her singing career in 1959, and became famous for love songs by well-known composers Trịnh Công Sơn, Phạm Duy, Trường Sa,  Vũ Đức Sao Biển and others from 1968 to 1971.

Her career is associated with many songs by Trường Sa, such as Rồi Mai Tôi Đưa Em (Tomorrow I Send You Away), Xin Còn Gọi Tên Nhau (Please Call Out Our Names), and Mùa Thu Trong Mưa (Autumn Rain).

After 1975, Lệ Thu emigrated to the US with her family and continued her music career in the Vietnamese community.

She worked with Thúy Nga Paris By Night, a music show produced by US-based Thúy Nga Productions.

She recorded 24 solo albums and numerous albums with famous overseas Vietnamese singers like Khánh Ly, Hương Lan and Tuấn Ngọc.

She also performed at music concerts for overseas Vietnamese in the US and other countries.

In 2007, she returned to Việt Nam to take part in concert memorialising late composer Trịnh Công Sơn.

After that, she took part in many concerts and became a judge for several TV music shows.

In 2014, Lệ Thu hosted her first live show in Việt Nam, receiving a very warm welcome from local audiences. —








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UNFPA provides aid to support older Vietnamese people in Covid-19 context



Old people receive free healthcare services at a community program in Hanoi. The UNFPA has donated personal protective equipment and hygiene items to help Vietnam improve healthcare services for the elderly amid Covid-19 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam handed over personal protective equipment and hygiene items to the Social Protection Department on January 14 to support caregivers and social care workers who provide services to older people in the Covid-19 context.

The supplies, including gloves, face masks, anti-droplet face shields, thermometers and hand sanitizers worth US$30,000, will be distributed to social protection centers and community caregivers in high-risk cities and provinces such as Hai Duong, Danang and Quang Nam.

According to the UNFPA, Covid-19 has had devastating effects on older people as they are at an increased risk of developing severe conditions and seeing higher death rates from the disease.

As one of the fastest-ageing populations in the world, with the number of older persons aged 65 and above accounting for 7.7% of the total population, Vietnam has done an exemplary job in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic so far.

However, it is critical to prepare the country well to ensure dedicated and uninterrupted care and social security for the elderly to protect them from the pandemic, paying special attention to the elderly who live alone, in facilities and those with disabilities.

Addressing the handover ceremony, Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA representative in Vietnam, said, “Covid-19 is giving us excruciating challenges by amplifying the vulnerabilities of old people. It is clear that the fatality rate for older people is higher and for those above the age of 80, it is five times higher than the global average. Therefore, older people must be a priority while dealing with Covid-19 to ensure no one is left behind in the humanitarian response as well as in development efforts.”

Pham Thi Hai Ha, deputy director of the Social Protection Department under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, highly appreciated UNFPA’s support and affirmed, “Protecting people’s health, particularly healthcare and support for older persons during the Covid-19 pandemic is the top priority of the Government. The protection of health workers and caregivers must also be prioritized as critical and lifesaving and they should be provided with personal protective equipment.”


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Vietnamese diva Le Thu dies of COVID-19 in US



Vietnamese diva Le Thu died in the U.S. on Friday (local time) at the age of 78 after a period combating COVID-19, according the artistscommunity in the States.

Thu’s passing away was announced by her daughter, Tu, emcee Jimmy Nhut Ha said on Saturday morning.

Accordingly, Le Thu was admitted to Memorial Coast Hospital in California and had to stay in the intensive care unit.

On January 3, Thu’s daughter said she was in critical condition because of COVID-19.

On Thursday, her family said the diva was still in a coma and ventilator, with her family, friends and  Vietnamese artists in the U.S. praying for her health.

However, Thu passed away at 7:00 pm on Friday (U.S. time) after a critical period of treatment for COVID-19.

Thu’s funeral will not take place in a couple of weeks as the funeral services in her locality is currently overloaded due to the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to singer Quang Thanh – one of Thu’s juniors in the music industry living in the States.

Information about Thu’s funeral in the U.S. will be updated later.

Singer Le Thu, whose real name is Bui Thi Oanh, was born on July 16, 1943. 

She is one of the leading vocalists of the Vietnamese music in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Le Thu, along with Thai Thanh and Khanh Ly, were three singers that took the Vietnamese music world by storm during that period for their performances of popular love songs and pre-war songs by famous composers such as Pham Duy, Cung Tien, Doan Chuan, and Trinh Cong Son.

In 1980, Le Thu relocated to the U.S. with her family.

She remained active in singing before catching COVID-19 .

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