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A typical udu
A typical udu

The udu is an African vessel drum originated by the Igbo people of Nigeria. In their language it means peace or vessel. Actually being a water jug with one more hole, it was played by women for ceremonial uses. Usually the udu is made of clay and stone. Image File history File links Udu. ... Image File history File links Udu. ... A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ... A drum is a musical instrument in the percussion family , technically classified as a membranophone. ... The Igbo sometimes (especially formerly) referred to as Ibo are one of the largest single ethnicities in Africa. ...

The instrument is played by hand and produces a special and unique bass sound [1] by quickly hitting the big hole. Furthermore the whole corpus can be played by fingers. Today it is widely used by percussionists in different music styles. Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ...

The instruments is an aerophone and an idiophone. An aerophone is any musical instrument which produces sound primarily by causing a body of air to vibrate, without the use of strings or membranes, and without the vibration of the instrument itself adding considerably to the sound. ... An idiophone is any musical instrument which creates sound primarily by way of the instrument itself vibrating, without the use of strings or membranes. ...

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Udu Gallery (182 words)
The Udu drum, a west African instrument made entirely of clay, is played by slapping the palm of the hand against the hole on the side.
All of the udu drums here are hand made on a potters wheel, and fired either at low temperature in the electric kiln, or at high temperature in the wood burning kiln.
This Udu was fired to high temperatures in the wood kiln and glazed with a thin coat of a soda based glaze and splashes of two natural glazes; one is flberry ash and local clay and the other volcanic and wood-ash.
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