Trinh Cong Son
døde 1. april 2001

Den berømte komponist og sanger Trinh Cong Son døde den 1. april 2001 på Cho Ray hospitalet i Ho Chi Minh byen, efter lang tids sygdom, i en alder af 62 år. Trinh Cong Son var kendt som et specielt talent i Vietnams musik i det 20. århundrede. Han har skrevet over 600 værker og sange som er karakteristiske i hans egen stil, og haft en stor indflydelse på mange generationer vietnamesiske sangere, publikum og komponister. Han blev født den 28. februar 1939 i Dac Lac provinsen, og voksede op i Hue. Da krigen sluttede i 1975 flygtede det meste af hans familie til udlandet, men Trinh besluttede at blive i Vietnam.
I Ho Chi Minh byen tog titusindvis af mennesker opstilling langs begravelsestogets rute for at vise den sidste respekt for den populære sanger. Han blev begravet på landet ved Quang Binh Pagoda, 30 kilometer fra byen, hvor flere tusind havde samlet sig for at synge nogen af de antikrigs klassikere som gav ham navn som Vietnams Bob Dylan og vrede fra både pro-USA Saigon-regimet og de sejrende kommunister.
Kondolancebreve fra prominente udlandsvietnamesere - inklusive Khanh Ly som nu bor i USA - blev læst op ved begravelsen. den vietnamesiske sanger Hong Nhung, forkortede en turne i Australien for at deltage i begravelsen. Han familie, der alle bor i udlandet, deltog også.
Inden begravelsen besøgte to af Ho Chi Minh byens topembedsmænd, partichefen Nguyen Minh Triet og viceborgmester Le Thanh Hai, kapellet hvor sangeren lig lå. Det var et tegn på at myndighederne endelig havde anerkendt en mand som blev sendt fire år i genopdragelselejr efter sejren i 1975, for sit stærke pacifistiske standpunkt under krigen.

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Famous Composer Passes Away

Ha Noi, April 2 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's famous composer Trinh Cong Son died at 12:45 hrs on April 1 in Cho Ray hospital of Ho Chi Minh City following a long illness, at the age of 62.
Trinh Cong Son, who was hospitalized a couple of months before his death, was known as a special talent of Viet Nam's music in the 20th century. He has left a great deal of works and songs characteristic of his own distinctive musical style, exerting a deep influence on many generations of Vietnamese singers, audiences and composers.
Trinh Cong Son, born on Feb. 28, 1939 in Central Highlands Dac Lac province and a native of Hue, was one of those composers that mingled naturally with the new life in the country after the liberation of southern Viet Nam in 1975.
In 1959-75, the Nhan Ban Publishing House made public eleven collections of his songs. Since 1975, dozens of collections and albums of Trinh Cong Son's musical works and songs have been published by the Van Nghe, Van Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City Publishing Houses, in tandem with millions of his cassettes and compact discs available at home and overseas.

Thousands pay last respects to Vietnam's 'Bob Dylan'


Several thousand people attended the burial Wednesday of famed wartime singer Trinh Cong Son, known as Vietnam's Bob Dylan. Son died on Sunday at the age of 62 after suffering complications related to diabetes.

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Ho Chi Minh City to pay their last respects to the singer as his funeral cortege wound out to the rural Quang Binh Pagoda, 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the city centre.
Several thousand others gathered at the graveside to sing some of the anti-war classics that earned Son the name of Vietnam's Bob Dylan and also the wrath of the pro-US Saigon regime and the victorious communists.
Messages of condolence from prominent figures in the Vietnamese diaspora -- including wartime singer Khanh Ly, now based in the United States -- were read out at the funeral.Vietnamese singer, Hong Nhung, cut short a visit to Australia to be at the funeral, also attended by members of Son's family, now all based abroad.

Two of Ho Chi Minh City's top officials, communist party chief Nguyen Minh Triet and deputy mayor Le Thanh Hai, visited the mortuary Tuesday where the singer's body had lain in state. This was one sign that the communist authorities have at last given a grudging nod of approval to the man they subjected to four years' of re-education on the Lao border after their victory in 1975. Another was that Son's death was reported by all the main official dailies Tuesday, including armed forces' mouthpiece Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army), despite his strong pacifist stance during the war. The official media has sought to rehabilitate the singer as one of its own and has made no reference to the time he spent in re-education camps.
"The nation will forever remember his song, 'Joining Hands for Solid arity,' as the Song of Liberation Day because it was one of several songs played for days on end by Radio Saigon when it was captured by the revolutionary victors," said the English-language Vietnam News. The paper claimed that, after the communist victory, Son had penned a string of classic songs, although the singer told AFP last year that he had "written nothing beautiful" in the decade after 1975 and had not published a single song.
Son's friends and family have announced plans to convert an artists' meeting place in Ho Chi Minh City into a permanent memorial to the singer. The museum is due to open at the Binh Quoi tourist site 49 days after Son's death.

Vietnam Musician Trinh Cong Son Dies

HANOI (Associated Press) April 2, 2001 - Vietnam's most beloved singer-songwriter, Trinh Cong Son, who opposed the Vietnam
War and sought postwar reconciliation, has died after a long battle with diabetes, an official said Monday. He was 62. Dubbed the ``Bob Dylan of Vietnam'' by American folk singer Joan Baez for his anti-war songs during the height of the Vietnam War, his music is still widely performed in Vietnam and in overseas Vietnamese communities. Son, who was persecuted by the South Vietnamese government in the late 60s and early 70s, wrote more than 600 songs over his career.

``His death is a great loss for Vietnamese music,'' said Ca Le Thuan, secretary general of Ho Chi Minh City's Musician Association. His pacifist songs about the futility of war were banned at the time, but bootleg copies made their way throughout South Vietnam and overseas. One of his most famous songs, ``Lullaby'' (Ngu Di Con), about the pain of a mother mourning her soldier son, became a hit in Japan in 1972. When the war ended, most of Son's family fled overseas, but he decided to stay. He was equally unpopular with the new Communist government for his songs about reconciliation and spent 10 years in forced labor ``re-education camps'' as a result. But by the late 80s, his popularity returned, and his songs are still performed by some of Vietnam's biggest pop artists, including singer Hong Nhung.

Born in the Central Highland province of Daklak in 1939, Son spent many years in the ancient imperial capital of Hue. Trained as a teacher, Son quit his job to begin composing love songs in the late 1950s. Son, who was admitted to Cho Ray hospital last week, slipped into a coma on Saturday and died Sunday, Thuan said. He is to be buried Wednesday in the province of Binh Duong.


Vietnam's Bob Dylan dies at 62

HANOI (Agence France Presse) April 2, 2001 - Trinh Cong Son, the man whose voice the powers on both sides of the Vietnam War tried and failed to silence, has died at the age of 62. The singer-songwriter, whose wartime songs earned him the name of the Bob Dylan of Vietnam but the wrath of both the pro-US Saigon regime and the victorious communists, died in the Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City Sunday, his brother Trinh Quang Ha told AFP.

He had been taken to the hospital a week earlier after suffering liver and lung complications from his long-running diabetes and collapsing in his home, Ha said. His funeral is to be held in the commercial capital Wednesday. More than 200 delegations numbering thousands of people have already indicated they wish to pay their last respects, Ho Chi Minh City Musicians Association deputy general seceretary Tran Long An told AFP.

Son's failing health had already landed him in hospital several times in recent years. A legendary drinker and smoker, he told AFP last year that he had given up his five-pack a day cigarette habit, but not the whisky. A survivor of four years in a reeducation camp on the Lao border in the years after the communists' victory, Son had been left alone by the authorities in recent years. Government surveillance "stopped a long time ago," although "they always seem to know what you are doing," he told AFP. But he is to be denied the accolade of a burial in the city's Martyrs' Cemetery normally accorded to the singers and composers of the regime. Instead he will be interred at the Go Dura graveyard in Binh Duong province north of the city.

His death was reported in two of Vietnam's mass-circulation dailies, although not in any of the main official newspapers. "Crying for Trinh Cong Son," said the headline over a tribute penned by his longtime friend, Buu Y, in the youth daily Thanh Nien, which gave over a full page to reports of his death.

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