The dan da is a lithophone played by ethnic minority groups in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, in the provinces of Lam Dong, Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, and Kon Tum. The word da means “stone” in Vietnamese, dan is instrument.
Several stones of different sizes are placed in a row. The player then uses a stick to knock the stones, each of which produces a different tone.
The stone music sounds like the rhythm of the streams and bird songs, and therefore goes well with the surrounding landscape.
One of the oldest stone musical instruments ever discovered was found in this area, dating back more than 2,000 years ago.