10 Extraordinary African Musical Instruments

The Udu

The Udu

What do you think this musical instrument is? You’d probably never guess, but the Udu is actually a type of drum. Unlike other percussion instruments, the Udu is actually made of clay with the sound highly influenced by the size of the instrument.

The Djembe/Jembe

The Djembe/Jembe

A type of drum, typically found in Central and West Africa, the Djembe/Jembe consists of a wooden base with a hole carved out of the upper part, where animal skin or hide is stretched over it. The unique sound of the drum comes from its shape, with the drum being higher than other drums and also the top part being wider than the bottom one.

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