′MO.A′ Gets Vietnam Excited with Wonder Girls, ZE:A, JJ Project and More
The great K-Pop festival M-Live MO.A in Vietnam was held on November 24 with a crowd of 5,000 fans.
The concert especially drew awe from its spectators for its unique three-part form. The three parts featured performances from K-Pop artists such as Wonder Girls, JJ Project, Hi.ni, San-E, Huh Gak and ZE:A, the Vietnamese singers Van Mai Houng from Vietnam Idol and the diva Thu Minh, and the team from the non-verbal Korean food musical Bibap.
Everyone from those in their teens to their middle ages dropped by with their families to enjoy the concert celebrating 20 years of diplomatic ties between Korea and Vietnam.
Even the day before, more than 700 fans had crowded the Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport where Wonder Girls was due to enter the country.
The hype carried on to the day of the concert, when they gathered at the plaza in front of Pho Tho Stadium and held flashmob events for Wonder Girls′ Like This and attended the fansigning for rookie singer Hi.ni. Many brand booths were set up around the venue, attempting to draw more interest to Korean culture outside of K-Pop.
More than 45 local media outlets were there mingling with the crowd to cover the event.
Officials said, "K-Pop events were mostly held in the country′s capital, Hanoi, and this is the first time such a wide range of singers have visited Ho Chi Minh. The 5,000-member crowd shows that the people of Ho Chi Minh were thirsty for such cultural events."
The Bibap team started off MO.A with its beatbox, acapella and b-boying feats. Van Mai Houng, runner-up of the 2010 audition program Vietnam Idol, then performed to great applause. JJ Project then appeared onstage, shaking up the teenagers with its performances of Bounce and Hooked.
Hi.ni was the star of the event as she spoke in fluent Vietnamese without an interpreter.
She was the only singer who had prepared things to say in Vietnamese onstage this day. Her name Hi.ni was even meant to mean, in Vietnamese, ′great child′, and was given to her by her father, who works in Vietnam. She sang her OST for tvN′s The Third Hospital, and revealed her new single to be released in December.
San-E showed off his own ties with the country, saying, "The girl I used to like when I was studying in America was Vietnamese. The country feels familiar even though it′s my first time here."
Huh Gak′s vocals blew the audience away, while ZE:A got it bouncing with a mashup of its hits and Psy′s Gangnam Style.
Wonder Girls then mounted the stage with Like This and the biggest applause from the crowd this day.
For an hour and a half the group sang a string of its hit numbers, as well as a surprise ballad request from fans, Yubin′s solo performance and a Wonder Girls version of Sun and Yenny′s duet Long Long Time.
After the last performance, the members even came back for an encore in traditional Vietnam clothing to sing Nobody, and handed out presents.
The audience showed it was touched by the big event, and couldn′t seem to bring itself to leave, holding up pickets reading ′thank you′ while the artists exited the venue.
A rep from CJ E&M′s global concert team said, "The difference of MO.A from other K-Pop concerts held around the world is that it attempted to exchange cultures outside of K-Pop as well with its well-made content. We were able to see the great attention being paid to K-Pop from Vietnam, and learned that the country will become one of the main markets of K-Pop."
Photo credit: CJ E&M
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