Diaff [deff, gaval, qaval, qavāl]
- Johanna Spector
[deff, gaval, qaval, qavāl]
Single-headed wooden frame drum of Azerbaijan, equivalent of the Middle Eastern duff. The frame, 30 to 45 cm in diameter and 5 to 8 cm wide, is often inlaid with mother-of-pearl or bone. Jingling rings are usually attached inside the frame; it is played with light finger taps or by shaking. An important rhythmic instrument, it is often played by the singer (...