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    Tambor

Tambor

Brief history

The tambor (tambú) belongs to the membranophone family. This long, low-pitched instrument is the leading instrument in Batuque Paulista, where it is accompanied by the quinjengue and the matraca (ratchet).

The tambú doesn't have any tuners to adjust the leather, and is carved out of a hollow wooden trunk and then tuned with the heat of the fire.

African tradition teaches us that both trees and instruments have souls and axé, which is why the process of making a tambú has to be a careful one that respects the forces of nature, using only trunks from trees that have fallen due to age.

Ensembles

Beat! ensemble with tambor

Batuque Paulista

Batuque Paulista