First vi giam singing club opens in HCM City hinh anh 1Vi giam, folk songs from the Nghe An-Ha Tinh region (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - A group of veteran artists sang the beautiful rhythms of vi giam, folk songs from the Nghe An-Ha Tinh region, during the opening ceremony of the first Vi Giam Singing Club in HCM City recently.

The club promotes the values of vi giam and encourages local residents, especially youth, to learn about the art form.

Veteran artists who are members of the club such as To Nga, Thu Giang, Dinh Linh and Song Thao offer free training in singing.

Vi giam was recognised as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO last year. It is the ninth Vietnamese cultural practice to receive UNESCO’s intangible heritage status.

The song is sung in a back-and-forth style while working, unaccompanied by musical instruments. The singing reflects the work, cultural life and feelings of the local people.

There are more than 50 singing clubs with a total of 800 members in Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces.-VNA