Bolero brings back memories

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 Well-known artists sing during the show.

The 23rd Duyen dang Viet Nam (Charming Vietnam) gala, held January 8-9, inspired audiences around the country with the revival of bolero music.

The show was the first in a series of events celebrating the South Central Coastal National Tourism Year and the 400th birthday of Phu Yen Province.

Mounds of straw and a bamboo bridge typical scenes of a Vietnamese village formed the perfect set for the show titled Nho (Memory).

Thanh Hoa, a Phu Yen Province resident said she felt overwhelmed with nostalgia listening to bolero sung by noted artists like Huong Lan, Manh Dinh, and Quang Linh. "It's been a long time since I have heard music that has stirred me so deeply," she said.

The audience was impressed by the sets depicting rural Vietnam.

The duet of pop star Dam Vinh Hung and late artist Ngoc Tan moved fans to tears.

Pop star Phuong Thanh and upcoming singer Duong Trieu Vu amazed spectators with their perfect renditions of slow-tempo and sentimental lyrics. Among the most impressive performances was a duet Dam

Vinh Hung sung with old recordings of late artist Ngoc Tan, who died in 2004. Tan's voice and video clips moved fans to tears.

Also wowing the audience were Vietnam Idol winner Uyen Linh, finalist Lan Nha, and Sao mai diem hen (Morning star rendezvous a local variant of idol singing contest) finalist My Nhu who varied the evening with rock, dance and pop music.

Tuan Minh, an audience member, said he had voted for the Vietnam Idol Uyen Linh after her soul-stirring performance of the Xich lo (cyclo).

More than 30 models walked the runway in ao dais (Vietnamese traditional tunic) and evening gowns designed by Thuan Viet and Quynh Paris. The fashion show ended with models suspended from the ceiling, raising cheers from the audience.

Next year's show will be held at Buon Me Thuot Town in Dak Lak Province this March. Tickets to the show will include an access to the "Coffee Festival" from March 10 to13.

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