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date: 29 May 2020


  • Ferdinand J. de Hen


Single-headed drum of the Tumbwe people in the Shaba region, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The head is nailed to the 30-cm-long body, which is decorated with geometrical incisions and zoomorphic, painted incisions. A similar istrument is the mufukula of the Tabwa in the same region. When the nghomba is played during dances, the (usually professional) drummers hold the instrument against their chest. It is played by the hands and sometimes one hand presses the head to raise the pitch....

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