Saigon Soul Revival

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Saigon Soul Revival, a band from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) that reinvigorates pre-1975 Vietnamese music with funk and soul. The quintet is inspired by the songs of the golden era of nhạc vàng, a style of romantic lyrical music popular in Vietnam from the late 1950s to early 70s. They started as a cover band, sparking new life into the old classics, and soon started writing originals as their debut album, which today's song is on, came together.

"Hào Hoa" by Saigon Soul Revival (featuring Blacka)
2019 | Rock, funk, and soul band from Ho Chi Minh City

Go deeper with this excerpt from and a link to an article by Khoi Pham on Saigoneer:

Those who are familiar with nhạc vàng, be it through their loved ones or via personal research, will instantly recognize some tracks, such as ‘Sau Dong’ (commonly associated with Hung Cuong) or ‘Hao Hoa.’ The latter includes a verse by rapper Blacka, a member of Hazard Clique. This peculiar rap-nhạc vàng collaboration happened almost by destiny. Blacka first heard of ‘Hao Hoa’ when he was seven; while Saigon Soul Revival was performing the song at an event, the rapper grabbed the microphone and dropped a fiery verse that meshed perfectly with the lyrics about a womanizing paramour.

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