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Che Muoi Sau

Tran Cam Thu visits a 50-year-old sweet shop that pays homage to the sugary snacks of Hanoi’s past. Photos by Boris Lopatin ...

The Suburban Green

While Saigon’s centre is in need of green spaces, do the suburban parks offer some respite? Words by Vu Ha Kim Vy ...

Open-Mic Night

There is a certain magic about getting up on stage and showing off your talent. And it’s a magic that has led to a growing number of open-mic nights taking place throughout Vietnam. Words by Jesse Meadows (Hanoi) and Vu Ha Kim Vy (Saigon) ...

The Occidental Tourist

As one clinic is discovering, dental tourism has arrived in Vietnam

A Tour of District 9

Beyond the high-rises and highways, the suburban enclave of District 9 has much to offer anyone looking for a day away from the city. Vu Ha Kim Vy and Bao Zoan tour the most northerly district of Saigon ...

Exploring My Dinh

Beyond a suburban lifestyle, what does Hanoi’s best known suburb have to offer the uninitiated? Billy Gray goes on a tour of Hanoi West. Photos by Jesse Meadows ...

New Suburbs, New Civilisation

New suburbs mean a new lifestyle and a new more modern middle class. Or do they? 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

 

Editor's Picks

Australia’s Cash Cow

David Mann takes a look at how Vietnam’s appetite for beef has helped bring Aussie farmers back from the brink. Photos by Nick Ross 

The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War

Chapter 1: Down From the HighlandsFor the next 15 issues, Word is proud to present excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines...

In Wedded Bliss

Mixed nationality couples marrying in Vietnam may no longer need an interview

The Honda Cub Rises

The medieval prophecy behind Vietnam’s best-loved motorbike. Words by Dara O Foghlu. Photos by Julie Vola

Routefinder

  Travelling this country atop a saddle takes you places you’d otherwise never venture. Here are personal accounts of cycle rides both in and out of the big cities. Words and photos compiled by Nick Ross 

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A Brief History of Beer Mythology

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In Search of the Super Cave

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The Cartoonist

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