In the former capital of South Vietnam, Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, the standard of living is declining, but some left-over Western culture scurvies.
GV Crowds gathered outside City Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City, listening to Hoa My singing.
LV Miss My singing on stage with band playing electric instruments. (2 SHOTS)
SV Band playing and people listening.
SV PAN FROM Male singer TO large crowd listening.
SV NIGHT Ben Thanh cinema with crowd outside queuing for tickets.
GV INTERIOR Hoa My singing with Sao San group. (3 SHOTS)
CU Phuong Hong Que singing and crowds listening.
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Background: In the former capital of South Vietnam, Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, the standard of living is declining, but some left-over Western culture scurvies. The city, once known for its night life, still has popular signers and bands all playing western music, but with an Eastern flavour.
SYNOPSIS: One of the most popular singers is a young woman, Hoa My, who gave a concert in May, in front of the City Theatre.
Her popularity is said to spring from the combination of her physical beauty and voice. A group of Western-style musicians back her up, relying on electrical power, as well as finger power, to achieve their sound.
A ticket costs about thirty (US) - or about one-tenth of the average monthly wage. Miss Hoa earns about ten dollars a concert.
In what used to be South Vietnam, wages are low and prices high, but most people can afford concerts like these. Music fans queue patiently for tickets to hear another group - Sao San.
This concert was organised by the city's Cultural Committee. It's very hot in Ho Chi Minh City in May, and most concerts are held in the early morning or after eight o'clock in the evening. Miss Hoa sang with the Sao San group.
Another popular artist, Phuong Hong Que, sang lyrics of love and peace with the touring band. Like most female Vietnamese singers, she started her career before the fall of Saigon five years ago.