Vietnamese musicians don’t get enough credit for their role in the modern sonic soundscape…
They developed the original vocoder (k’ni):
They rocked the theremin (đàn bầu) long before the days of electrical current. Warning, the following video will melt your face off:
And as the Vietnamese War continued to escalate in the early 70s, groups like the CBC Band set a new standard for political protest music, eventually leading to exile from their homeland.
This and more as we explore; Viet Nam on our weekly Program.