HAJI MAJI


VIETNAMESE POSTCARDS
July 23, 2009, 8:33 am
Filed under: Pictures, Vietnam

Although Vietnamese music is highly influenced by Chinese (Vietnam was ruled by China for almost 1000 years!), the are many distinctive instruments, especially stringed lutes with raised frets. Here’s a few old postcards depicting Vietnamese musicians and some unique instruments, ca. 1900-10.

On the left, the single string Dan Bau. On the right is the two string fiddle called Dan Nhi.

On the left, the single string Dan Bau. On the right is the two string fiddle called Dan Nhi.

Another uniquely Vietnamese instrument with raised frets, the Dan Day.

Another uniquely Vietnamese instrument with raised frets, the Dan Day.

L to R; another raised fret instrument is the Dan Nguyet (in the south called Dan Kim), a bowed Dan Nhi, the Vietnamese zither called Dan Tranh, I can't quite make out the next fiddle, but I think it's a Dan Gao, and finally the Dan Tam, related to the Chinese sanxian.

L to R; another raised fret instrument is the Dan Nguyet (in the south called Dan Kim), a bowed Dan Nhi, the Vietnamese zither called Dan Tranh, I can't quite make out the next fiddle, but I think it's a Dan Gao, and finally the Dan Tam, related to the Chinese sanxian.

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