One of the best-known African drums is the West African djembe (pronounced zhem-bay). It is shaped like a large goblet and played with bare hands. The body is carved from a hollowed trunk and is covered in goat skin.
Talking drums imitate the rhythms and intonations of speech and have strings stretched between the skins at either end. The drum is played under the arm using a stick and squeezing the strings makes the pitch of the drum higher. It is also known as a donno.
A dun dun is a bass drum. Often played in groups, they are made of cow skin and sit on the floor. They are also played with a stick.
They are double-headed and belong to the family of hourglass-shaped pressure drums. They are played with a beater. The drums can be used to imitate speech patterns or as signals to make announcements or warnings. The pitch of the note is changed by squeezing or releasing the drum's strings with the arm.