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Tran Quang Hai in Saigon

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 04 January 2003

Lucy and her guides, Vietnamese musicians, Tran Quang Hai and Bach Yen, are in Saigon –the first time these two musicians have stepped back into the city of their birth after 41 years in exile. Along the way, she hears ritual music played on two drums, representing Yin and Yang. She also meets Bach Yen, and discovers more about his return to Saigon after being in exile and how she is affected by the melodies of ritual music she last heard as a child.

Music and featured items

23 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Music Played

    • Image for Bach Yen

      Bach Yen Au o vi dan (Trad)

  • Lucy and her guides in Saigon.

    Lucy and her guides, Vietnamese musicians, Tran Quang Hai and Bach Yen, visit Saigon.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Nyat Dung

      Nyat Dung Dan Gao Improvisation

    • Image for Nyat Dung

      Nyat Dung Bong Ba Bong tu – fiddle version (trad)

  • Ritual music played on drums.

    Lucy hears ritual music played on two drums, representing Yin and Yang.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Nyat Dung and his group

      Nyat Dung and his group Untitled percussion piece (trad)

    • Image for Nyat Dung and his group

      Nyat Dung and his group Bong Ba Bong tu – oboe version (Trad)

  • Bach Yen returns to Saigon.

    Lucy talks to Bach Yen about returning to Saigon after being in exile.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Minh Vuong/Le Thuy

      Minh Vuong/Le Thuy Xe hoa cach biet (Trad)

  • French influenced music.

    Lucy learns how her guide's exile in France influenced his musical style.

  • Music Played

  • Pre-war Vietnam music

    Lucy visits a club which specialises in music from the time before the Vietnam War.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hai Phuong and Thuy Hoan

      Hai Phuong and Thuy Hoan Beo dat may troi (Trad)

  • 17 stringed zither

    Lucy hears the music of the 17 stringed zither played by virtuoso Hai Phuong.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hai Phuong and Thuy Hoan

      Hai Phuong and Thuy Hoan Qua can gio bay (Trad)

    • Image for Hai Phuong

      Hai Phuong Ly lu la (Trad)

  • Vietnam cuisine

    Lucy discovers more about Vietnam cuisine including frogs’ legs and dog meat.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hai Phuong

      Hai Phuong Untitled Bamboo Song

  • Tran Quong Hai interview

    Lucy chats with Tran Quong Hai after 41 years of exile.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hai Phuong

      Hai Phuong Arrival of Spring (Trad)

    • Image for Huong Thanh/Dominique Borker

      Huong Thanh/Dominique Borker Scent of my childhood

    • Image for Nyat Dung

      Nyat Dung Dan Gao Improvisation

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