A from A to Z of percussion



Abanico (Cuba) ‘fan’ Stylised roll played on the timbale to signify a change in the music.

Acheré (Cuba) Small shaker made from metal, wood, gourd or coconut, used in Batá ensembles.

Afuche/ Cabasa Beads over tube (pictured)

Agogô (Brazil) double cowbell sounding instrument used in samba

Agogo Bell (Cuba) Small bells welded onto a flexible metal rod, used in carnival by the Comparsas. Originally an iron bell from the Yoruba used with iyesá drums.

Anklung (Indonesia) Pitched bamboo tubes mounted on a frame with limited notes. Groups are arranged in a similar fashion to hand bell campanologists.

Anvil (Europe) Large metal block

Apala (Nigeria) Yoruba talking drum

Arará (Haiti) Dahomean ceremonial drums

Atabaque (Brazil) Conga style drum

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About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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3 Responses to A from A to Z of percussion

  1. Malcolm Ball says:

    Great resource Peter. How about Anklung – Indonesian pitched bamboo’s suspended in frame and shaken to produce chords. Used in many festivals.

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