African Beat Percussion.
In this category we will discuss a number of instruments that you may not know by name. However, we are convinced that when you see them, you think: “oh yeah, that one!”.
The first in this category is the djembe. An African diabolo / vase shaped drum. The boiler is made of wood. Which wood this is differs per djembe. With the traditional djembes a goat or buffalo skin is stretched over the kettle. The newer and factory-produced djembes also sometimes get a plastic skin. The sheet is stretched by special buttons. These run from the side of the skin to the thinnest part of the kettle. Iron turnbuckles are sometimes used in the newer style djembes. Be next in line Congas. These drums are a bit higher and are often played from stands. In many cases you put two of them next to each other in different sizes. These are played with the hands, just like the djembe. The sound is comparable to that of a djembe. The difference is largely in that a djembe sounds a bit brighter. A conga is therefore used more accompanying. The djembé breaks more fiercely through the other instruments and is therefore more suitable as a solo instrument.
Why does this instrument get its own piece of text? This is for the simple reason that this is an instrument that is widely misunderstood. It is often thought that the bongos be an African instrument. However, this is not the case. It is originally a Cuban instrument. The confusion about it being an African instrument is understandable. You can clearly see the influences from African percussion. The point is just that this tool came later. Because this came later, you also see that this instrument has been developed in a more modern way. Where African percussion in all its “simplicity” still shines in its classic guise. Are the bongos more modern and are they more developed. That is why the system with the metal tensioning edge and tensioning screws is used here. The sound of the bongos is typical of many Latin style styles.
The Darboekais an instrument that is very close in shape to a djembe. The difference, however, is in the materials. A Darboeka is a drum made of aluminum or other light metal. In the principles of the Darboeka there are even examples of pottery to be found. The sound of the Darboeka is somewhat hollow. Recognizable by its fairly high tuning and yet nice, round-sounding bass tones.
The Surdois a Brazillian percussion instrument. This one comes in different sizes. It is a round kettle with a skin stretched on both sides. The batter head is often a thick skin and is played in the middle. A warm, low tone comes out. The height of course depends on the sheet tension and size of the drum. You see this drum a lot in Brazilian carnival and samba-like styles.
Percussion percussion is a broad category. This comes from different countries and has varying playing styles. In addition to the aforementioned instruments, there are many more. Do you find this interesting now? Call to the store or drop by for advice.
- Kettle: The round part of the drum made of wood or metal. This is where the skin is stretched.
- Drumhead: The skin on the top of the drum. This is where they hit.
- Bottom skin: Skin on the bottom of the drum. This is also called the resonance sheet.
- Harness: Special holder on which you can hang a drum. More for use in the marching and brass band world.