INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS


THE BALLAD OF HO CHI MINH
Ewan MacColl (1915-1989) was a British folk singer, songwriter and labour activist who became one of the main composers of protest songs in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1954, MacColl recorded The Ballad of Ho Chi Minh, an upbeat folk song that recognized Ho Chi Minh’s strong leadership and devotion to the people of Vietnam. MacColl was inspired by the Viet Minh victory at Dien Bien Phu. According to MacColl’s ballad, Ho Chi Minh is a leader who seeks to “drive invaders from his land” in order to secure “peace and freedom” for the Vietnamese people. MacColl’s song became popular around the world, particularly in North Vietnam. Source: Ewan MacColl: Ballad of Ho Chi Minh (1954). Alpha History.
Video by NoiTraiTim.


TEACHER UNCLE HO
Pete Seeger (1919-2014) was an American folk singer who “played an important role in singing the songs and engaging in the struggles of the civil rights, free speech, human rights, anti-war, environmental, peace, anti-nuclear, and social justice movements.” He regarded Ho Chi Minh as “one of my all-time heroes” and wrote Teacher Uncle Ho in 1970.
Source: Cohen and Capaldi (2014, eds.) The Pete Seeger Reader. Oxford University Press, 2014.
Video by Vietnam War Song Project.


THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE
Victor Jara (1932-1973) was a Chilean teacher, poet and songwriter who saw Ho Chi Minh as “a figure through whom a unity of political identification was established between Chile and Vietnam.” Jara dedicated the song, The Right to Live in Peace, in 1971.
Source: Ness and Cope (2016, eds.). The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Springer, p. 516.
Video by Raul Ignacio.


UNFORGETTABLE HO CHI MINH
Venezuelan musician Alí Primera (1941-1985) composed Unforgettable Ho Chi Minh in 19­­73. He described Ho Chi Minh as a poet and a dreamer of a “small figure and white beard” who inspired people around the world to fight for peace.
Source: La figura de Ho Chi Minh en la música venezolana. La Voz De Vietnam, 2013.
Video by CriticaMente.


VIETNAM’S MOST BEAUTIFUL NAME IS UNCLE HO
Vladimir Fere (1902-1971) was a Russian composer. After Ho Chi Minh’s passing in 1969,
he used Đỗ Nhuận’s poem to compose the song, Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Name is Uncle Ho.
Video by VTV1, translated by Vietnam New Publishing.