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Viet Nam: Ca Tru & Quan Ho - Traditional Music

Various Artists
Viet Nam: Ca Tru & Quan Ho - Traditional Music

The northern Vietnamese vocal song traditions of ca trù and quan họ are the focus of this recording. Ca trù, literally translated as “song with little tokens,” is a genre of Vietnamese chamber music sung only by female vocalists with instrumental accompaniment. Ca trù singing was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2009.

This 1976 recording was made in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam by noted musicologist Trần Văn Khê. The ca trù songs, including classics in the repertoire, are sung by Quach Thi Hô, one of only a small number of ca trù singers at the time.

Additional tracks are examples of quan họ songs. Quan họ is a genre that originated in Bac Ninh province (now called Ha Bac), about 30 kilometers from Hanoi. Sung by both men and women with instrumental accompaniment, the songs are passed orally from generation to generation.

Please enjoy a free download of the song “Duong Ban Kim Loan” (“Wrestling Music”)

Duong Ban Kim LoanMP3 FLAC

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

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Bác phan Quach Thi Hô, Dinh Khàc Ban, Truc Hiên Nguyên Nhu Lâm 3:10
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Two thê: muou & hát noi Quach Thi Hô, Dinh Khàc Ban, Truc Hiên Nguyên Nhu Lâm 7:12
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Ty bà hành Quach Thi Hô, Dinh Khàc Ban, Truc Hiên Nguyên Nhu Lâm 13:17
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Goi do ("I call the passer-by") Hai Cai, Phuong Dua, Van Tich, Manh Thang 3:51
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Coi-giâu ("The tray of betel") Ba Manh, Tu Van, Son Ma, Van Tich 1:26
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Duong ban kim loan ("The road of friendship") Nam Dang, Sau Ha, Huynh Bat, Son Ma, Công Huynh, Van Tich 3:10
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So câu nhu y ("What one desires has come true") Ba Manh, Tu Van 3:07
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Dêm qua nho ban ("Last evening I thought of my girlfriend or boyfriend") Ba Trong, Hai Cai, Công Huynh, Nguyen Ngoc Trac 4:40
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Nguoi oi nguoi o dung vê ("Friends, stay here, don't go home now") n/a 3:42
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Ke bac nguoi nam ("Some are in the North, some in the South") Hai Lam, Ba Trong, Hai Cai, Tu Van, Phuong Dua, Nguyen Ngoc Trac, Công Huynh, Van Tich, Manh Thang, Huynh Bat, Son Ma 3:12