Clay Drum

Clay Drum The Clay Drum originates from Nigeria and is capable of creating timbres reminiscent of tabla and darbouka drums. Clay Drum are played for traditional ceremonies and dances. The drums are made from baked clay pots with two holes that may be opened and closed with the palm while playing the drum; varying thicknesses in the pot wall can allow the fingers to create still more sounds. The udu is capable of low resonant bass notes and much brighter sounds, making it a fun instrument to play and experiment with.

The clay drum is an important musical instrument for performing rituals of worshiping the gods, praying for rain, praying for seasons, and praying for good luck. It is also widely used at the Cao Lan ethnic dances during festivals. The drum’s unique design and sound have made the clay drum indispensable in the lives of the people.

The drum comes from Nigeria and it takes its name from “vessel.” You can guess its history by looking at it. It’s easy to imagine someone playing music on a plain ol’ water jug and adapting that idea just a little to give us the instrument we know today.