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Tar



The Tar drum
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A wood-framed singleheaded drum covered with goatskin. The Tar is similar to the tambourine in shape and size, but is without the metal disks.
Since many versions of this drum were made with a single string placed beneath the drum-head, the instrument acquired the name Tar. This name comes from Persian, and means string.
The Tar originated probably in Pharaonic Egypt, but it has many counterparts worldwide.
The Tar is traditionally played with the bare hands, but in some cultures a stick is used in order to beat it.
Tar is the main instrument accompanying the Nubian songs, citings & songs in Sudan and Egypt. The Nubian singers master a very remarkable and distinctive rhythmic tapping on Tar.




By Abubakr Sidahmed