Group hobby: Artists gather to sing ca Hue on a Saturday evening. “Living treasures” Thanh Huong (centre) and Minh Man (right, rear) accompany them. — VNS Photos Ngoc Duy Melodious: Tran Dinh Khac Du plays the monochord to Buu Y (rear). In the swing: Bao Cuong, 68, joins the performance with a bamboo flute. In tune: Ca Hue was performed at the Royal Night during a Hue Festival. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha Historical materials show that characteristic Hue melodies originated from imperial songs. Its official name ca Hue first appeared in 1687. Music tastes have changed a lot since then but one man is determined the genre won’t die out. Ngoc Duy reports.Every Saturday evening, the small house at No 9 Pham Ngu Lao Street in Hue resounds with the touching melodies of ca Hue (Hue tunes). The host, Buu Y, has hosted a music club at his home for 14 years as an expression of love for his wife and a means to preserve a genre of traditional music that has lost popularity with time. Historical materials show that ca Hue originated from a number of imperial songs. Its official name first appeared in 1687 when Lord Nguyen…
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