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date: 14 November 2019


  • F.J. de Hen


A variant term in central Africa for Ngoma (drum). In the Democratic Republic of the Congo gomo is used (BooneT, 11, 41) for (1) a Goblet drum known also as lupondo, of the Songye, with a body about 50 cm tall decorated with geometrical incisions and the head directly nailed to it, and (2) a drum of the Sengele, with its head laced to a tension band nailed around the body. The Kota designate by gomo a footed cylindrical drum (100–150 cm tall) with a head of elephant ear or antelope skin and with sculpted projecting rings near both ends; it is played with both hands. Among the Kutu the gomo is a single-headed, barrel-shaped footed drum 50–65 cm tall. The Yela gomo (60–100 cm tall) has a snakeskin head. The Kota, Kutu and Yela gomo drums have the skin nailed to the body and are all beaten with the hands....

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O. Boone: Les tambours du Congo belge et du Ruanda-Urundi (Tervuren, 1951)