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Cousins

Now with a second restaurant, the well-established Tay Ho establishment Cousins is upping the dining scene away from the lake. Our mystery diner finds out what’s going on. Photos by Julie Vola ...

Great Women

From women in business to academics, authors to behavioural analysts to fashion designers, we profile nine women who are making a difference in Vietnam. Photos by Julie Vola, Mike Palumbo and Bao Zoan ...

Women in History

Vo Thi Sau, Ba Trieu and Hai Ba Trung? Wonder who they are? Here are their stories and the tales of some of this country’s best known women. Words by Jesse Meadows and Vu Ha Kim Vy ...

The Replica Village

Edward Dalton visits the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism near Ba Vi. The experience is surreal ...

Six Shades of Vegan Green

Ditch the meat and get some greenery inside you. Zoe Osborne and Mike Palumbo search out six dairy and meat-free salads that make a tasty meal ...

Reng Reng

Many Vietnamese coffee drinkers are casual about what goes into their daily brew. But for one man from Dalat, it is unthinkable that consumers in the second-largest coffee exporting country in the world have to drink additive-filled coffee. ...

Antibiotics: More Curse than Cure

Prescribing antibiotics when they shouldn’t be leads to bacteria developing resistance. In Vietnam, though, it goes one stage further. Here you can buy the drugs straight out of the pharmacy. Words by Edward Dalton ...

Freestylers

Freestylers

 

The Freestylers will perform live at The Hi-Fi on Friday Apr. 16.


Having rocked dancefloors around the world since the glory days of electronic music back in the mid-90s, this veteran British collective are past masters at building up a heady groove. More old-school hip hop, electro and ragga than big-beat techno (though they're often pigeon-holed that way), the Freestylers were formed by the trio of Matt Cantor, Aston Harvey and Andrew Galea. All three were British b-boys back in the day, and were heavily involved in Britain's dance scene by the late 1980s, both as DJs and producers. Era defining hits included Drop the Boom, a dancefloor smash on both sides of the Atlantic in 1997, Here We Go and Don’t Stop.

The success of the latter two hits gave the guys, now minus Galea who left in 1997, a platform to break the US, and their album We Rock Hard went on to sell over 150,000 stateside. Their growing prominence brought them to the attention of some of the biggest names in hip hop and they were asked to remix tracks by legends of the genre such as Afrika Bambaataa and the Jungle Brothers. The next few years saw the boys going from strength to strength. They mixed the big beat compilation album FSUK 2 and a Radio 1 Essential Mix featuring artists as diverse as Public Enemy and The Fall.

 

The Hi-Fi, 2nd Floor, 69 Dong Khoi, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City

 

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