Tag Archives: African music

T to Z from the A to Z of percussion

T Tabla (India) Wooden drum with straps and tuned with pegs. Tabor (Europe) Long narrow drum. Taiko (Japan) Large barrel shaped drum. Talam (India) Finger cymbals. Talking drum (Africa) Hour-glass shaped drum with rope tension, pitch is altered when ropes … Continue reading

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R and S from the A to Z of percussion

R Rain maker (Brazil) Tube with baffles and seeds inside. Ratchet Usually made of wood with a cog turning against fixed slats. Translations Italian raganella, French crecelle, German ratshe, Spanish carraca. Rattle (Aboriginal/ Australia)- Container or gourd with seeds inside. … Continue reading

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M, N, O, P and Q from A to Z of percussion

Quijada (South America) also charrasga or jawbone. Jawbone (horse, donkey size) that has been dried with teeth intact Continue reading

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H, I, J, K and L from A to Z of percussion

Kokoriko (Japan) Wooden slats strung together Continue reading

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E, F and G from A to Z of percussion

Gourd (Tropics) Seed pod of a plant, used as a shaker, carved as a scraper, covered with beads or used to amplify instrumental sounds. Continue reading

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C from A to Z of percussion

Cajón/Cajónes (Cuba) Wooden crates of different sizes used to play rumba. (originally boxes to transport fish). Continue reading

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