A little bit of reggae to heal your blues. Mix it in with a side serving of hip-hop and a garnish of funk and you’re away. L’Espace presents an African music night at Ngo Thi Nham’s Youth Theatre on Apr. 12, with Senegalese artist Naby. Having played in Africa, Canada and France in 2010 in promotion of his debut album Dem Naa, the charismatic and high-energy front man is renowned for his electrically charged, inclusive performances. Get down the front and get your wiggle on, you’re going to be in good company.
The Youth Theatre can be found at 11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung. Tickets are priced from VND50,000 to VND120,000 and the show starts at 8pm. Check out www.ifhanoi-lespace.com/programmation-culturelle/naby
Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2012
Five years after its glorious, noisy birth in Hanoi, the city’s biggest electronic music festival returns to pick you up and spin you out like never before. This year’s programme features more of the international collaborations for which the festival has become globally recognised. A further set of performances will also take place in the former capital, Hue. This year the two main events in Hanoi are happening on Apr. 13 and Apr. 14, while accompanying workshops, talks and live art performances can be enjoyed in locations around the city in the weeks building up to the main event. Future Shorts Hanoi will also return to provide visual stimuli in the way only they know how.
For more information be sure to check out www.hanoisoundstuff.vn
Baroque and Roll
If I could be reborn into any era, it would be the Baroque era. It laid the foundations for the following 300 or so years, and gave us the opera, the concerto, sonata and modern cantata. It also gave birth to the violin, viola, cello and harpsichord. Bored already? Well, don’t be, because one of the biggest yet most under-recognised works from this era, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, will be performed by French ensemble Stradivaria, on Apr. 10 at L’Espace. Based on a medieval poem about the anguish of the Virgin Mary during the crucifixion, it’s a mammoth of a masterpiece and it’s coming to Hanoi this month.
Tickets are VND50,000 for students and members of L’Espace, and VND100,000 for everyone else. For reservations contact 3936 2164, email email@example.com or visit L’Espace at 24 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem. www.ifhanoi-lespace.com