|Ngoc Lan photographed while posing on the streets of Paris.|
|Bach Yen has been accredited as the Vietnamese pioneer chanteuse of French Popular Music. |
|Tiny Yong (Thien Huong) - one of the original songstresses of Ye-Ye|
In Vietnam, Bach Yen had already established her career as a singer before setting her sights internationally where she sang in many other languages such as English, Italian, Spanish and Hebrew. Tiny Yong, although born in Cambodia, is of Vietnamese origin who started her singing career in France during the Ye-Ye era but was virtually an unknown in Vietnam. Another chanteuse of French-language music worthy of mentioning is Bebe Hong Suong, who was originally from Hanoi and was of mixed Vietnamese and Belgian parentage. She began her career in Belgium and achieved international fame within Francophone countries with her hits, Rio de Janeiro and Nana. Of course, there were also others like Bich Chieu, My Hoa and Yen Huong who had successful careers as French-language chanteuses in Saigon during this period. But it wasn't until the later years in the 1960s when Thanh Lan emerged onto the spotlight that French music really reached its peak in popularity with Vietnamese audiences. Thanh Lan's interpretation of popular French songs such as La Plus Belle Pour Aller Danser, Bang Bang, and Oh Mon Amour made a massive impact in the popularity of French music all over Vietnam and turned her into an icon in Vietnam. Thanh Lan's enormous success as an interpreter of French music paved the way for other female singers of Vietnam such as Julie Quang, Pauline Ngoc, Bich Tram and Jeannie Mai.
|Thanh Lan was an iconic interpreter of French popular music in Saigon prior to 1975.|
|French-Vietnamese singer Pauline Ngoc achieved fame in Vietnam with her interpretation of the French popular song, "La Petite Gamine", in Vietnam during the late 1960s.|
The 1980s saw a resurgence of French music popularity among Vietnamese audiences overseas. Among the Vietnamese songstresses responsible for this resurgences were Julie (formerly known as Julie Quang), Minh Xuan, Khanh Ha and of course, Ngoc Lan and Kieu Nga. The title as Queen of French music had been unofficially given to Kieu Nga by numerous Vietnamese entertainment publications and writers. However, Ngoc Lan's fame as a Vietnamese singer of French music was not far behind. Although they were all extremely talented, my personal favorites were Julie and Ngoc Lan. They each had a style of singing in French that brought about a certain distinguishable charm. To this day, I still prefer Ngoc Lan's rendition of Je Ne Suis Que de L'amour over Nicole Croisille's original version, just like Julie's rendition of Enrico Macias' Paris, Tu Mas Pris Dans Tes Bras. These Vietnamese divas with their abilities of singing in the French language are undeniably one of the reasons why the presence of French culture among Vietnamese people all over the world is still kept alive to this day.
|Ngoc Lan and Kieu Nga's duet version of "Toi Jamais" was among one of the most popular songs recorded in French and Vietnamese.|
Séverine Ferrer is a beautiful French cinema actress and pop singer. She is of Vietnamese and Italian descent, raised in the French island of Réunion off the coast of East Africa. Séverine Ferrer first came onto the French music scene in 2004 when she released her debut self-titled studio album for the label, Treize Bis Records. Two years later, she represented Monaco at the 2006 annual Concours Eurovision de la Chanson contest held in Athens, Greece. Although she did not make it as one of the finalists at the Eurovision competition, Séverine Ferrer did manage to make quite a splash with her unforgettable performance of La Coco Dance. Recently, she had given birth to her third child and has temporarily taken time off from her careers both in music and films. Already an established star in mainstream France, something tells me that we'll all be hearing and seeing a lot more of Séverine Ferrer in the near future.
Aïna Quach is a rising new star in French pop music. She is of Vietnamese, Chinese, Belgian and Malagasy descent, born in the island country of Madagascar. In recent years, Aïna Quach was the new lead female vocalist of the internationally renowned French progressive rock band, Tai Phong. She had been personally selected to sing lead by the original founder of Tai Phong, musician Khanh Mai. After a successful concert tour of Japan along with a released live concert album with Tai Phong, Aïna Quach released her first solo single, Je t'emmenerai, in 2016. In addition to French, she also sings in English and several dialects of the Malagasy language.
|French Pop Singer Leslie|