Small drum

Name

Small drum

Description

It is composed of a wooden body, covered all around by animal skin with hair, and attached by strings also made of animal skin.

Materials

Wood, animal skin, fibres

Place of Production

Uganda

Number of pieces

1

Use

This drum is a miniature of a traditional mbunda (Lingala). Drums are played by hand, and sometimes with drumsticks. Different themes of drumming were created for various occasions, including coronation, funeral rites and hunting. Drums are also used for communication within and among the villages. They come in all different sizes, some of which are used as furniture in house. Drumming and rhythm are important symbols for African culture.

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