Japanese tango diva chooses Vietnamese ao dai for image makeover

May 27, 2006


Famous Japanese tango singer Anna Saeki arrived in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday to shoot herself in the Vietnamese traditional dress ao dai for use in a campaign to make over her image next year.

She will use the pictures for a calendar and for the introduction of her new image in 2007, which marks 20 years of her career as a tango singer.

Vietnamese photographer Hai Dong has got the assignment of shooting the tango diva in ao dai, an elegant traditional women’s costume.

Last December Saeki launched the album Negau (Hope) featuring 15 popular songs from Asian countries like China, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Speaking to the HCMC-based newspaper Tuoi Tre, Saeki said she had tried the traditional costumes of many Asian countries before finally settling upon the ao dai for the photo collection for Negau.

Since its launch in Japan and the Europe, she had won admiration for the way she looked in the Vietnamese costume. That had made up her mind when considering her new image.

Saeki made her debut with “Tango Primavera” and the single “Tango of the Yellow Rose”. She was a member of the famous Leopoldo Frederico Orchestra in 1988, the Sexteto Tango in 1989, and the Jose Colangelo Orchestra in 1990, all as vocalist.

She also studied tango dance with professional dancers from Argentina.

In 1997 she went to New York and recorded “Bésame Mucho” with producer Sergio George, the charismatic salsa guru. She has played an integral part in the explosion of Latin music in Japan.

In 1999 Saeki released the album Soul of Tango and began to perform regularly in Japan, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Hawaii, and Beijing.

In 2003 she released Canto de Sirena (The Mermaid’s Song), a mix of new tango that fuses Piazzolla with her original creations.

Source: Tuoi Tre, worldmusiccentral.org – Translated by Thu Thuy


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