TALKING DRUM 1, Mumuye(?), Nigeria

Photographs © Tim Hamill

TALKING DRUM 1, 26.5", $600, Mumuye (?), Nigeria

Talking drums are smaller and quieter then the Djembes, and get their name from the tonal range (voices) with which it can speak by squeezing and releasing the vertical strings to tighten and loosen the heads. Most are double headed and are struck by a special curved stick.

The one head on this drum is intact, but not really playable. The strings have been broken and repaired many times and are fragile.

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