Thanh Lam
sangerinde og Diva

MOONSOON FESTVAL 2014 
Afholdt i det gamle Imperial Citadel Thang Long, Hanoi, for 3 aftener fra fra 2-4. oktober. Festvalen var co-sponseret af Danmark, se ambassdør John Nielsens tale. To danske band var med, Carpark North og Lulu Rouge. 

HANOI'S FIRST MOONSOON FESTIVAL 2014
Fotos Thomas Bo Pedersen, der bor i Hanoi

Video Moonsoon Festival 2/10 2014

 

 

Thanh Lam er Vietnams absolut største kvindelige vokalstjerne. Hun er datter af den legendariske musiker Thuan Yen og har en meget stor, kraftfuld og mørk stemme (sidstnævnte er ret atypisk for asiatiske kvindestemmer). Der er cirka 2,2 mio. hits på Google hvis man går ind og søger på hendes navn ! Hun har været højt etableret i mange år. Hun er en rigtig DIVA, og er jævnligt på turne i udlandet (navnlig i USA og Canada hvor der bor i alt tilsammen bor ca. 2 mio. Vietnamesere).
 
Prins Henrik været til en af Thanh Lams koncerter under et besøg i Hanoi og blev dybt imponeret. Selvom hendes udgangspunkt er traditionel vietnamesisk musik og moderne international pop musik, så gør hun stort indtryk på alle uanset genre, grundet en meget gennemslagskraftig personlige udstråling på scenen, samt en meget stor og overvældende stemme.

Født i 1969 i en kunstnerfamilie. Tre år gammel lærte hun at synge og spille klaver. Som syv årig magtede hun traditionelle vietnamesiske instrumenter og begyndte at spille vietnamesisk folkemusik sammen med sin mor, der underviste hende. Sådan begyndte hendes karriere, som har gjort hende til en af de mest talentfulde og succerige sangere i Vietnam.I 1978 begyndte hun på the National Conservatory i Hanoi, hvor hun studerede tradionel folkemusik og spillede ty ba instrumentet. Med sine forældres støtte skiftede hun til moderne sang i 1985, og dette blev et vendepunkt i hendes kunstneriske karriere.I løbet af sin karriere har hun deltaget i mange kulturelle aktiviteter - både i sit hjemland og internationalt.

THANH LAM (vocal): Working with Thanh Lam and exploring Vietnamese music has turned out to be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences in my career. I felt a perfect and complete musical and personal affinity with all of the Vietnamese guest musicians who appeared on the album, and I cherish every note that each one of them contributed , as a precious gift. I was particularly impressed with the emotionally charged and divine beauty of the voice of Thanh Lam. The beautiful and phenomenal female singer from Hanoi, Thanh Lam, is currently the most successful Pop star in Vietnam. She has recorded several albums under her own name, which have been release both in Asia and the USA. Her Asian tour 1998/99 reached triumphant levels and drew crowds of up to 5000+ per night. She comes from a very famous musical family in Hanoi. 
She is particularly known for her very unusual and atypical voice for an Asian singer. Her voice is dark and powerful and is incredibly expressive, and her stage appearance is extremely charismatic, in its own subtle way. She is a very beautiful and attractive woman, with complete style and class. 1999 she guest appeared at the Jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland where she was invited to sing a duet with the French/Swiss Pop star Stephan Eicher. 
In 1999 she was guest on a TV show in Paris, and the French studio audience was literally in a state of chock, and in deep awe, after she delivered her first performance, an emotionally charged rendition of the song "Mot Thoang Tay Ho." One of the unique qualities of Thanh Lam is that she has the ability of communicating specific emotions even to people who do not understand Vietnamese lyrics. Some Vietnamese relatives that were hanging out in the studio when we recorded, were amazed at how well the non-Vietnamese musicians followed the emotional contour of the Vietnamese lyrics that Lam sang while we accompanied her, despite us not being able to understand the lyrics they we were accompanying. This is simply due to the fact that Lam is such an expressive performer, that the message of the song comes across to anyone no matter what.