Talking Drum

The talking drum is one of the earliest musical instruments used by percussionists. It originated in West African areas, but exists in Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, and Nigeria as well. It appears most commonly among the Yoruba ethnic group. However, it may also be found...

Cabasa

The ‘cabasa’, just like the ‘shekere’, is a percussion instrument made of steel ball chains looped around a large cylinder. The cylinder sits attached to a long, thin wooden, plastic or metal handle. It is a popular hand percussion instrument,...

The Hang

The Hang is an idiophone based on the Caribbean steelpan instrument. Felix Rohner and Sabrina Schäre designed it in 2000 in Switzerland. Its origins date back to the 1970s. Then, the original Trinidad steel drum generated a fresh vogue across Europe. It caught...

Steelpan

The steelpan, a fairly newly developed instrument sticks out for its simplicity. This instrument, produced entirely of industrial refuse, has become a cultural symbol in Trinidad and Tobago. It consists of a gleaming metal surface with a hammered pattern of dents...

Cajón

The cajón is a box-shaped percussion instrument that originated in Perú. It’s played generally by hitting the front face with the palms, fingers, brushes, mallets, or sticks. Cajones are predominantly famous in Afro-Peruvian music but have also found their way...