This two-headed drum is known as tama, taman, or tamani, by the Mande-speaking peoples of West Africa and by other peoples in the region. It is 11" in height and 4 1/2" in diameter.

To sound the tama, the player holds the drum under an armpit and grips the cord strings in the hand. While striking one of the drum's heads with both the fingers of one hand and a stick held in the other hand, he alternately squeezes and releases the strings; this action causes the drum heads to tighten and loosen, thus raising and lowering the pitch.

The following video depicts the tama in play:

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ConditionMint (Used)
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  • Folk instrument
  • 2023
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  • Mali

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