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​Vietnamese drummer breathes musical life into pots, pans 

Wednesday, June 06, 2018, 20:11 GMT+7
​Vietnamese drummer breathes musical life into pots, pans 
Do Hoang Nam is seen at a performance. Photo: Facebook

A Vietnamese man has left many excited with his novel utilization of cooking vessels as musical instruments which can convey an air of modernity.

Do Hoang Nam, who goes by the stage name Dru Nam, plays drums and other percussion instruments in traditional and modern ways and takes a great interest in them.

One day Nam’s mother suggested that he use cookware in his kitchen as a new drum kit – an idea that made him sleepless.

The following morning, he experimented with all types of pots and pans her mother provided, trying producing various rhythms of modern music from the utensils.

“I tried with all the cooking vessels, one by one, to find out the sound that most resembled the one made by percussion instruments I had played earlier,” 26-year-old Nam said.

“Smaller pots produced a higher pitch while larger ones created a low pitch. I even borrowed paint and water containers from my grandmother to have bass,” he continued.

He practiced with the new kit for a certain period of time before showcasing his ability along Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, where he combined it with a Vietnamese-style flute and zither.

Do Hoang Nam plays on pots and pans in this photo he provided.
Do Hoang Nam plays on pots and pans in this photo he provided.

Nam was subsequently invited for performances in several hotels and restaurants in the metropolis and different provinces in Vietnam.

His shows were showered with praises.

“I was really impressed by his performance. I had never thought that simple objects can give such harmonious sounds,” said Lan Chi, a college student in Ho Chi Minh City.

“The use of pots and pans in music helps enliven Nam’s performance and inspire younger people,” said Khoi Vu, a musician in stringed instruments.

Nam smilingly recollected that after a show, he put his musical cookware in a corner on the stage and left it for a while before coming back to bring it home, only to find with surprise that it had vanished.

He later learned that some scrap collector took it away for mistaking it for unwanted items thrown away by somebody.

He usually has his fingers suffering from injuries and all sticks broken while beating on the kitchen drums with great force during a performance.

“Sometimes my hands hurt but I ignored the pain and kept playing.”

The man can also produce interesting sounds from a barbecue and lithophone, and is planning to roll out his set of musical instruments modified from bowls and plates.

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News

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