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Cai Luong - the traditional music of the Mekong Delta

Cai Luong (roughly translated as “renovated theatre”) is a form of modern folk opera, particularly famous in Southern Vietnam. It is the convergence of southern Vietnamese folk songs, classical music, tuong (a Chinese-based classical theatre form) and modern spoken drama. Cai Luong is an art performance originating and developing in Mekong Delta.

Cai Luong performance

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Cai Luong Singing appeared in Mekong Delta in the early 20th century. Originating from Boi Singing, Cai Luong Singing is the renovation of Boi Singing in theme, orchards, stage and performing arts. During the French colonial, Cai Luong glamorously developed as a theatre of middle class. Nowadays, Cai Luong is still a popular traditional art performance in Mekong Delta.

                                                                                       Musical instruments in Cai Luong

Cai Luong Singing is often performed in the soundtrack of guitar and zither. Cai Luong is a kind of play telling a story. A sort of play often includes two main parts: the dialogue part and the singing part to express their thoughts and emotions.
There are two main types of Cai Luong: the ancient Cai Luong and the modern Cai Luong. While the ancient Cai Luong imitates tales, legends or history, the modern Cai Luong tells romantic story blended with family and social relationships. In ancient Cai Luong performance, actors and actresses often wear elaborate and colorful costumes.

Cai Luong actor

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Cai Luong Singing is a unique and interesting art performance of people in Mekong Delta. It contributes to enrich the spiritual life of Mekong Delta community as well as the variety of Vietnam art.