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Dombo A Musical Instrument

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Did you know this instrument was made from a fruit? What sound do you think it makes?

About the Model

After scooping out the pulp and seeds, one half of the spherical gourd or pumpkin forms a resonating body. The Dombo sound comes from striking the instrument's bowl with sticks from the outside. These sticks are made from ten small, narrow, yellow sticks forming a fan. The handles of the sticks are made from cloth. Percussion instruments made from gourd fruit are are characteristic of the Hausa tribe inhabiting Nigeria, Zinder, and Niger.


Arts + Humanities


music, instrument, gourd, fruit, percussion, idiophones, Hausa, African, heritage, culture, african art, social studies


May 19 2022