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Udu Drum : What is it?

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An udu drum is an African musical drum that originated from Nigeria. It is considered an idiophone and an aerophone. Made of stone or clay, it is traditionally played in ceremonies participated by Nigerian women. It produces various bass tones when its holes are continually hit. It can have a textured surface for producing more sounds when rubbed or struck. 

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Types of Udu Drums

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Kinds of Udu Drums include the following:

Standard udu drum

  • A standard udu drum is made of kiln-baked clay, which helps produce an earthy sound
  • It is made with holes that amplify sound and bend notes.
  • No two standard udu drums are alike since they are painted in a variety of colors.


Fancy udu drum


  • A fancy udu drum has an unusual shape deviating from the traditional teardrop dimensions.
  • It is also made of clay.
  • It has a tonal range of a deep bass to a gentle tabla sound.
  • It comes with a dual chamber, mic holes, and several scraping surfaces.


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Choosing Udu Drums (Buying tips)

Textured surface: To get a wider variety of sounds from your udu drum, choose one with a textured surface.

Stand: Choose an udu drum with a seat ring stand that allows you to set it on top of a table or on the floor.

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