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Tran Quang Hai in Saigon

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.

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.

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  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 08:42

  • Music Played

    • Nyat Dung

      Dan Gao Improvisation

    • 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.

    Duration: 08:01

  • Music Played

    • Nyat Dung and his group

      Untitled percussion piece (trad)

    • 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.

    Duration: 03:05

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 08:03

  • Music Played

  • Pre-war Vietnam music

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

    Duration: 03:55

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 11:49

  • Music Played

    • Hai Phuong and Thuy Hoan

      Qua can gio bay (Trad)

    • Hai Phuong

      Ly lu la (Trad)

  • Vietnam cuisine

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

    Duration: 08:12

  • Music Played

    • Hai Phuong

      Untitled Bamboo Song

  • Tran Quong Hai interview

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

    Duration: 03:38

  • Music Played

    • Hai Phuong

      Arrival of Spring (Trad)

    • Huong Thanh/Dominique Borker

      Scent of my childhood

    • Nyat Dung

      Dan Gao Improvisation

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