Dan Moi

Name: Dan-Moi.
Type: Idiophones > Lamellaphones > Jawharps.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.222
Country: Vietnam.
Region: South East Asia.
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Acquisition Source: Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com.

Description: The Dàn-Moi is the traditional jaw-harp of the Meo [Hmung] people in Vietnam. Made of a thing brass and carried in a bamboo case decorated with brightly coloured fabric. The Vietnamese name Dan-Moi literally translates as “instrument of the lips”.

As such, these instruments became very popular in the tourist market. These are mass produced in factories rather then by hand, dan-moi are available in a variety of sizes and style.

Modern đan-moi are, sturdy and durable in construction. They, are much more precise in playing and tuning than their traditional counterparts. International demand for these jaw-harps is increasing.

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