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Talking Drum

The Talking Drum, named both for being able to mimic the human voice and for being able to perform patterns that have a meaning that can be translated into words, originated in West Africa. The drum is hour glass in shape, and has calf skin drum heads on both ends. There are sinews, or cords, that connect the two heads. The instrument is usually held under one arm. By squeezing the drum cords changes the pitch of the drum. Unlike most drums with skin heads, the talking drum is sometimes played with a stick.

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