Go!Go! Japan! to rock Hanoi

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Go!Go!Japan!, a concert featuring talented Vietnamese and Japanese rock musicians, will take place at the National Exhibition Center in Hanoi on December 3, according to the Japan Foundation Center for Culture Exchange in Vietnam (JFCCEV).

The event, co-held by JFCCEV and CAMA (Club for Art and Music Appreciation), will feature three of Japan's hottest rock acts, Molice, Okamoto's, and Electric Eel Shock; as well as Vietnamese bands Ngu Cung and Rosewood.

The concert celebrates both the ongoing recovery in Japan after the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster and the ties of solidarity between Vietnam and Japan.

According to a press release from JFCCEV, two of the most talked-about acts on the Tokyo scene, Molice and Okamoto's drew rave reviews in the local and international press following live appearances in Hanoi at the annual CAMA Festival in 2010 and 2011.

"The group of 20-year-olds have already played "˜more live shows than most people will ever go to,' an astonishing 100 in 2009 alone, and have toured the US, Australia and Hong Kong," says the release.

At the upcoming concert, Okamoto's will play numbers from their latest album, Yokubo (Desire), released through Sony Japan in September.

A staple of the Tokyo club scene, Molice have been plying their trade since 2007. Influenced by Bladerunner, Manga, and the Catcher in the Rye, their first two albums introduced cracking floor fillers like Headphone and Romancer and featured a choppy angular sound akin to Talking Heads or Franz Ferdinand.

Ngu Cung (or Pentatonic) is a quintet from Hanoi that critics have hailed as one of the most technically impressive bands in Vietnam for their pick of progressive rock/metal with strong cultural and traditional flavors.

Founded only a short time before the Tiger Translate contest in late 2007, they won the prize for Best Band and were chosen to support My Chemical Romance on their first appearance in Vietnam.

Rising from the ashes of local rock bands Buratinox and SmallFire, Hanoi alternative rockers Rosewood have gone on to become one of Vietnam's leading live acts.

Building a reputation for stirring sing-alongs and power ballads, Vu Ha (lead guitar), Nam Thang (bass), Trung Kien (drums) and Vu Nhat Linh (vocals, guitar) have won fans around the nation with their performances at rock showcases including Rockstorm, Tiger Translate Metropolis and the CAMA Festival.

For more information on the festival, the artists and the cause, visit www.camavietnam.org or contact Nguyen Ha Nguyen, the Japan Foundation Center for Culture Exchange in Vietnam at the e-mail nguyennh@jpf.org.vn.

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