Saturday, July 11, 2020

Vietnamese folk song in line for UNESCO credit

Professor Tran Van Khe (L) and a traditional music band preparing to play signature songs Photo: Tuoi Tre

“Đờn ca tài tử” – a kind of vietnamese folk songs –  a fading genre of folk music mainly developed and spread in the south of Vietnam from the last century — will be submitted to UNESCO by March, 2011 for recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism are now conducting research to trace down its origin and systemize musical theory of the genre and collecting signature songs to send to UNESCO.

Unlike other traditional music genre, the art is presumably rooted from scholarly musical theory of the Vietnamese royal court music in the former capital of Hue and adapted for the masses. No need for a stage nor a theater, “đờn ca tài tử” can be “played” solo or by a group of intimate friends to express their own feelings.

“Playing” is commonly used for this genre instead of “performing” to implicate its pastoral characteristics for the masses in the vast rice field Mekong Delta — a cradle where the art has long become popular and most favored music genre.

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