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Latin Music With Soul

With many options available, it seems that a large number of Vietnamese youth are getting more and more into Latin music - Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Reggaeton. From Salsa clubs like La Salsa and Xsalsa to live bands at the Caravelle, Hard Rock Café and other bars, Latin fever seems to be sweeping Saigon.

One of these live bands is Q'vans. The group was born last December in a little bar, the Hideaway, where former members of Warapo and other Latin bands pooled their talents and creativity to form a new band – one with soul.

Since its founding, the band has changed a bit. It currently features two male musicians and three female singers, all from Cuba, who bring their passion to the dance floor every night.

When I asked group members, Joel and Daylor, about how they choose what music to play, the answer was simple:

“We play the music that people like, and what is being currently listened to not only in Vietnam but all over the world, sometimes converting some old themes into modern versions; Latin music is a very open area, so we play what people enjoy and like most, as it tends to be what we like too. Vietnam does not have much of a Latin music scene, but it is growing.”

Asked what they like most about Vietnam, they both pointed to their passion for Latin music:

“We love Vietnamese people (especially Vietnamese women), but as a band, we are enchanted by the response from the Vietnamese public. They are very grateful that we are playing for them, and they get involved with us and our music. That’s beautiful.”

“We work hard and put a lot of energy, passion and heart into our performances. Some people come to dance, others come just to listen and watch the show. But everyone enjoys good music that brings them happiness, so for all of us, it’s about making a full show, not just music.”

Q'vans has brought their tunes to Nha Trang, Vung Tau and even Cambodia. You can find them every Friday at Pacharan (97 Hai Ba Trung, D1), the first Saturday of every month at the Hard Rock Café (39 Le Duan,D1), and every Wednesday at Acoustic Bar (6E1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, D3).

Whether you’re looking for great Latin music, dancing, or just a show, rest assured that Joel, Daylor, Karelia, Irian and Sonia will help you have a memorable and enjoyable time.

You can also find Q'vans on Facebook here

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