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date: 18 January 2020


  • Henry Johnson


Japanese double-headed cylindrical drum. It is used in chindonya street entertainment as one of several accompanying instruments. The term gorosu is a Japanese interpretation of the French word grosse (‘large’) and in this context is an abbreviation of grosse caisse (bass drum). The gorosu has a diameter of about 48 cm. The heads are tightened by a rope ligature or by screw tensioning. The drum, often played by a woman, hangs about waist-height in front of the player from straps around the player’s body, with the heads horizontal or nearly horizontal. It is played with one or two beaters....

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