Lê Cát Trọng Lý

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Magali An Berthon, will explore arts, crafts và thiết kế topics focusing on Southeast Asia và France. Through a number of in-depth articles and interviews, she will attempt khổng lồ portray creative sầu profiles emerging from a new young generation of artists and designers without borders. She will also focus on inspiring initiatives renewing & promoting local crafts and traditions.In this fourth article, Magali An invites you to lớn listen to a unique voice which has raised in Vietphái nam in the last five years. Songwriter Le Cat Trong Ly stands out as the new leading figure of contemporary folk music in Vietnam, mixing Western influences to lớn more traditional Vietnamese sounds, appearing as the worthy representative of Tring Cong Son"https://vinaanh.com/le-cac-trong-ly/imager_1_94033_700.jpgs heritage with her distinctive sầu music & lyrics.
Since Vietnam has opened its borders to globalization leading to lớn an extensive sầu economic growth, new generations of Vietnamese have started to lớn listen to international songs directly imported from the Western world along with other influential Asian countries such as Korea và nhật bản.In this highly saturated music market, there is little room for the independent voices of Vietnamese artists. Contradicting this overall trover, music phenomenon Lê Cát Trọng Lý
has gathered more & more attention for the past five sầu years with her one-of-a-kind music, offering a successful alternative khổng lồ the Vietnamese standardized music scene.An original path in musicBorn in 1987, Lê Cát Trọng Lý originally came from Danang thành phố in central Vietphái nam, where she grew up between the hills và the sandy beaches. She then moved lớn Saigon in 2007 to pursue classical music studies and viola practice. Initially she never intended khổng lồ become a singer and she modestly started in 2007 in a small bar in Saigon called the Nep Café, with only a dozen people attending. Benefiting from an increasing positive và enthusiastic feedbaông xã, she kept playing at this venue for the next two years, gathering more and more aficionados wishing lớn see her sing american covers in English và original songs in Vietnamese. During her time at Nep Café, she has composed over twenty-four songs demonstrating a surprising mix between Western sounds and Vietnamese folk music.

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It is in this sway that the artist has found her own style. Lý admits having been listening to American folk music from a very early age và she also acknowledges being strongly influenced by the Vietnamese folk melodies and Trịnh Công Sơn"https://vinaanh.com/le-cac-trong-ly/imager_1_94033_700.jpgs music in particular, the music master who passed away in 2001. He is considered the « Vietnamese Bob Dylan » with his famous anti-war songs. These two main influences are very noticeable in her songs.Lý made ​her first official media appearance in 2008 on television when she won the Young composer & Song of the Year Awards at a Vietnamese national conthử nghiệm with her song "https://vinaanh.com/le-cac-trong-ly/imager_1_94033_700.jpgChenh Vênh"https://vinaanh.com/le-cac-trong-ly/imager_1_94033_700.jpg (Trembling).Following this breakthrough, she released her first eponymous album in early 2011 with nine original songs such as « Lúng Ta Lúng Túng » (Intrigued), « Mùa Yêu » (Love sầu season) or the awarded « Chenh Vênh »…


A poetic icon
With her simple look, her short hair và make-up miễn phí child-like face, và always carrying a guitar, Lê Cát Trọng Lý stands out from the more common Vietnamese artificial divas modelled on Korean k-pop girlsbands.The singer therefore appeals to lớn a more mature crowd, composed by an intellectual generation of Vietnamese, curious of their own culture and sensitive sầu lớn her poetic lyrics.Writing all her songs herself, Lý"https://vinaanh.com/le-cac-trong-ly/imager_1_94033_700.jpgs style is mostly acoustic, using a guitar or a piano, sometimes along strings and drums, to lớn support her crystalline voice on melancholic heartfelt ballads. The minimadanh sách feeling of the ensemble allows the audience khổng lồ deeply feel the depth & tone of her words & khổng lồ be caught by her clear voice.Do not underestimate her petite silhouette and soft voice ! Often compared to Joni Mitchell or Tracy Chapman, the song-writer has a very strong presence on stage, enchanting a solid crowd of followers và having all her concerts sold out.A free-spirited heartTwo years ago, Lê Cát Trọng Lý has left a swirling Saigon for a quiet Hanoi, khổng lồ seek a more peaceful environment lớn create her music. Not very career oriented, she keeps herself away from truyền thông media coverage and self promotion, only dedicated to singing và pleasing her growing audience.Free-spirited, untied to any specific music label, she is only driven by her passion for music, staying remotely away from any stardom aspiration.Deeply rooted in the Buddhist philosophy, her poetic lyrics appeal khổng lồ the beauty of natural elements, considering the universe as a whole, linking nature to lớn people & their emotions. In a very fascinating và refreshing way, her view on life stands far away from the usual consumerist spirit driving most of the young Vietnamese generation.Lý has released her second album entitled « Tuổi 25 » meaning « 25 years old » at the end of year 2013. In this new record, she has integrated more traditional Vietnamese folk music sounds using instruments such as traditional lutes & strings. She currently is promoting it on stage touring in the whole country, appearing more than ever as a leading figure of contemporay Vietnamese music.More informations:Magali An Berthon thả is a French Vietnamese textile designer và editor based in Paris. Graduate of the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, she has gathered a valuable experience as a textile designer for fashion & trang chủ collections. She finds inspiration in her many travels especially in South-East Asia và has developed a deep interest for ethnic arts và crafts, natural fabrics and dyes. In parallel, she works as a writer and documentarist specialized particularly on textile know-how from all over the world.