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  • John M. Schechter


Drum of Oriente Province, Cuba. The body, about 40 cm long and smaller in diameter, consists of 12 staves from the trunk of a yarey palm, hence the name of the instrument. The single head is attached with nails, and the drum is open at the lower end. The body is encircled with a small belt of wire, cactus fibre, or iron chain tightened with wedges placed against (not into) the sides. The belt has nothing to do with tensioning the head. The instrument, of African origin, is always struck by the hands in ensembles with the ...

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