biography of Chế Linh ...
Real name is YAM LEN AKA CHE LINH. Born 1946 village Huu Duc,
District An Phuoc, Province Ninh Thuan (Phan
In 1958, when Che Linh was
16 years old, an event had changed the life of
this young man from Champa. The President Ngo
Dinh Diem had forbidden teaching Cham language
in the Cham villages, a prestige language
considered as a second language since the Bao
This discrimination toward
the minority group created a lot of conflicts
, confrontations, fights
between the Champa and the Kinh inhabitants.
When the Champa citizens came to town,
they were stopped and being prosecuted heavily.
Che Linh has been injured on several
incidents however. The Vietnamese Government ignored
these incidences and was not a bit concerned about it.
moving to Saigon was considered his first
escape. Traveling to an
unknown and unfamiliar place, with no relatives and
no friends to turn to. Disgust with the presidential
ruling of President Ngo Dinh Diem, and a lot of
patriotism for his people.
Fortunately, Che Linh found a
small job with a respected employer.
After nine months , Che Linh
decided to go back to school. He attend Bo De and later to
Nguyen Cong Tru.
First time entering the musical industry.
the music begin
Biet Chinh Bien Hoa Musical Group was selecting new
singers to entertain the far-away village in the
province of Bien Hoa.
Che Linh participated and
won first prize. Not considering singing as a
career at the time, but only because the pay is considerably
years later, the group faded and dissolved and Che Linh
became a driver for heavy construction
organization in Bien Hoa.
The love for music and as a hobby, Che Linh continues to learn the
music, train his voice and composed several songs.
Che Linh's musical career strongly excelled,
and his first two songs were born: "Dem buon tinh
le” and “Dem buoc co don”
Recognizing that music is the shortest way to bring
understanding between the Viet and the Chams
and all the other ethnic groups, Che Linh
promised to continue and excel in the musical
industry. With his effort and talents, Che Linh
became a famous star and had sang together with many Artists such as
Anh Ngọc, Duy Khánh, Thái Thanh, Thanh Thúy,
Minh Hiếu, Tùng Lâm. Continental
Productions produced his first record,
"Vùng Biển Trời Và Màu Áo Em”.
Che Linh then signed with
several Viet Nam Record Companies.
few experiences and success in his entertainment
1964-1965: produced and wrote many songs.
1972: Awarded by Kim
Khánh for Best Male Artist/Vocal which was organized by the
Daily Newspaper Trang Den. The Government of South Vietnam then forbid Che Linh's
voice and songs during the summer war period.
1975: Che Linh hoping to have his music released
from the forbidden list however, he was jailed as a
war revolutionary at Song Mao, then My Duc.
Released from prison 28 months later.
Escaped to Malaysia and later settled in
Canada where he now resides in Toronto.
Present: performing, singing and writing music ...
Toronto - Canada