Champa music has affirmed its remarkable position in the central city of Da Nang’s tourism sector thanks to the city’s unique cultural identities, according to the online Danang Today.

Like Ninh Thuan and Quang Nam provinces, Da Nang has preserved many impressive Champa cultural vestiges, including music and architectural and archaeological works.

Director of the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture Vo Van Thang said that a book entitled “Champa Music - the Interconnection between Champa and Vietnamese”, which was written by musician Tran Hong after many years of research into the Champa culture, was published in late 2013. This is the largest ever research work on Champa music.

Like the ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands, the Champa people regard music as an art form of the Gods and a means of communication between deities and human beings.

Music is always performed in many ceremonies for the Gods. Champa music shares similarities in the use of musical instruments with that of the ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands. Many Vietnamese-Champa folk songs feature surprisingly similar rhythms, musical scales and melodies.

According to Hong, a wide variety of musical instruments, folk songs and flash mob performances play a vital role in diversifying Da Nang’s musical treasures and those of Vietnam as a whole.

In 2013, the Da Nang tourism sector maintained stable growth, welcoming over 743,000 foreign tourists. The number of domestic holidaymakers exceeded 2.3 million, up 17 percent.

The city in 2014 will continue to build new tourist products as one of its measures to develop its smokeless industry in the context that the economy is forecast to recover in 2014 with the improvement of local businesses.-VNA