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Ben Phantom's Music Video 'Saigon' Documents His Father's Return To Vietnam

A man wearing a brown jacket and holding a guitar standing in front of a microphone. The man is looking forward.
Ben Phantom
Asheville musician Ben Phantom's new song and music video, "Saigon" tells the story of his father's return to Vietnam.

Asheville-based singer-songwriter Ben Phantom’s father never talked about his time in Vietnam. So when he finally decided to go back for a visit after 42 years in the United States, Phantom brought a video camera.

As he filmed the sights and sounds of his father’s homeland, their family cemetery and the homes of family members, he started writing a song. Three years later, Phantom’s song and music video “Saigon” tell the story of his father’s return home. The musician joins host Anita Rao to talk about his father’s story, their travels in Vietnam and how the pandemic has shaped the year for the musician.

"Saigon" Official Music Video:

Kaia Findlay is the lead producer of Embodied, WUNC's weekly podcast and radio show about sex, relationships and health. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
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