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Source: Video originally published by the Mihai Paraschiv Youtube Channel, titled “Playing small darbuka!mini darbuka”.
The instrument is a kind of drum with a membrane made of skin on the upper part. The instrument is small sized, and its cup shaped shell is made of clay. There are painted decorations all over the shell in blue, yellow and white. The sounds produced by the instrument have undetermined pitch. In order to play, the musician places the drum below one of the arms and plays with bare hands, using the fingers. The lower part of the instrument is damaged.
Arab drum with a single membrane and goblet shaped rim, that can be made of clay, wood or metal, although there are Western versions made of fiberglass. There is no rigidity in size regarding the construction of the instrument, which results in different membrane diameters, labeled small, medium and large. At the Delgado de Carvalho Museum there are three specimens: a wooden darabukka and two clay instruments: one small and another one large. It may or may not be tuned by strings.
The authentic darabukka is made of goat or sheep skin. In order to play, the musician places the drum below one of his arms and plays directly with his bare hands, without sticks, using the fingers, resulting in timbre intonations – that form a melodic percussive – which in turn receive the following denominations: loose sound, trapped sound, and pop, and also by pressure of the hands over the membrane, which turns into micro variations of pitch. Hector Berlioz wrote for this instrument in his lyric tragedy “Les Troyens”, from 1858.
Text written by Professor Pedro Sá, percussion professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
BASE MINERVA, 2014.
BETHENCOURT; BORDAS; CANO; CARVAJAL; SOUZA; DIAS; LUENGO; PALACIUS; PIQUER, ROCHA, RODRIGUEZ; RUBIALES; RUIZ, 2012.
PEDRO SÁ, 2014.