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A Glimpse of Darbuka History

Percussion instruments were the first musical devices created. They were formed in different shapes and structures depending on the cultural background that they were created. Starting from pre-historic era, some similar forms of today’s darbuka were used in Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Middle East. In time darbuka took different names in different geographies like dumbek, doumbek, sombaty, dohola, tombek, dumbelek, tabla. The first forms of this percussion instrument were made of clay. Now in addition to ancient clay darbuka, aluminum darbuka, wooden darbuka and copper darbuka are also widely used.

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