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TAMA TALKING DRUM

Talking drum for sale - Tama talking drum

TAMA
  • Talking drum for sale - Tama talking drum
  • Talking drum for sale - Tama talking drum
95 € the tama

Out of stock. Out of stock. A drumstick is included with each tama.

DIMENSIONS & MATERIALS

  • - Diameter of strike zone : re 11 to 13 cm
  • - Length : re 27 to 30 cm
  • - Weight : re 0,5 to 0,8 kg
  • - Kind of wood : Dugura (Cordyla pinnata)
  • - Varanidae skin
A product of African craftsmen (Senegal)

The tama is an African talking drum(hourglass-shaped drum) from West-Africa. It’s one of the emblematic instruments of Senegalese and Gambian traditionnal or modern music orchestras.

This hourglass shaped drum with two drumheads have ropes used to vary and finely adjust the tension of skins.

Due to its aquatic sonorities, it’s one of the favorite instruments played by griots (African storytellers), cause they imitate in a awesome way phonemes own to regional tonal languages, as the Wolof or the Serer. Insomuch, that people don’t say the tama plays, but it talks.

These tama are making in Senegal with true lizardskin by Lat M’baye, who’s well known by local musicians for professional quality of his instruments.

Each tama is selled with its traditionnal curved stick, and a black strip of cloth to hang it over your shoulder.

Utilisation advices:

  • To play your tama, loosen the central lace that keeps the main rope stretched when not in use,
  • To preserve its skin and position of its hoopings, think to retighten this central lace as near as possible to the shell before storing your instrument