Hanoi youth drawn to street music

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The Hanoitimes - A common scene in many big cities around the world, street music performances have finally arrive in Hanoi and, though a new activity, have drawn great interest from many of its young people.

The Hanoitimes - A common scene in many big cities around the world, street music performances have finally arrive in Hanoi and, though a new activity, have drawn great interest from many of its young people.

Every Sunday afternoon, members of the o­nline guitar forum Hocdan.com gather around Ly Thai To Statue in Hoan Kiem district for its weekly public performances.

Originally intended as an occasion for members to practice and socialize, the event has grown into a favorite weekend destination for many of the capital’s youth as nearly a hundred of them show up to watch, listen and even join in with the singing and playing music along every week.

There is no stage, no light or any sound equipment, yet it does not matter. The audience sits mingled with the performers, friends or strangers, all for the love of music.

The spontaneous band keeps growing, as newcomers who want to join can borrow instruments, music sheets and lyrics. There are guitars, cajon drums, harmonicas to choose from. And if you can’t play any of them, you can always sing.

Nguyen Van Tien, an active member of the guitar website said they did not expect such a large audience at first, and later decided to keep the event going regularly for everyone.

Hocdan.com boasts both experienced guitar players and newbies, most of whom are students from high schools and universities around Hanoi .

As each “show” usually starts at 3 in the afternoon, and can last until late at night, “we have to pack along fast food to eat when we get hungry,” Tien said.

Bach, another member and a former student at Hanoi Construction University , said he started playing guitar when he was a freshman and had been in love with it ever since.

KDT

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