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Different Shapes Of African Drums

June 17, 2011 Posted by Sons 2010

There are many shapes to African drums, and they are usually determined by the community that owns them or the purpose for which they are used. Let’s have a look at a few of them.

  1. The most common is much like the Western drums, only the diameter is usually a bit smaller. They are there in almost every community, and they will be used for playing as well as for sitting on.
  2. There is another type that is circular in shape, but that is just a few inches long. It will usually have a larger diameter than the one described above, and it is usually hung by the neck or held between the knees when playing it.

  3. There are some that are cone shaped, wider at the top and narrower at the bottom. These belong to some communities and are made this way for different pitch as well as aesthetic purposes.
  4. Some will be a combination of 2 cones joining in the middle, common in West Africa and again made this way for aesthetic as well as sound purposes. They will be brought out on special occasions.

These are just some of the shapes you will find on drums in Africa. There are many others. As a collector, explore as much as you can.