Dimensions & materials
- Skin diameter : 12 to 14 cm
- Length : 28 to 32 cm
- Weight : 0.7 to 1,2 kg
- Kind of wood : Mahogany, dimba, rosewood or lingue
- Shaved goat skin
A product of African craftsmen (Burkina Faso)
Tama - Talking drum
The tama is an African talking 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.
- 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