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Jug Drums

Jug Drums

Jug Drums

Jug Drums etymology and history

The Jug Drum (udu) is an African drum originated by the Igbo people of Nigeria. In the Igbo language, udu means vessel. Actually being a water jug with an additional hole, it was played by women for ceremonial uses. Usually the Jug Drum (udu) is made of clay.
The Jug Drum is played by hand and produces a special and unique bass sound by quickly hitting the big hole. Furthermore the whole corpus can be played by fingers. Today it is widely used by percussionists in different music styles.

Two Types of Jug Drums are Matkas and Ghatams. Matkas are clay pots used for transporting, storing and filtering water in India and Pakistan. They make a distinct sound when water is poured into them or their surface is tapped, so they also serve as impromptu musical instruments at joyous occasions, especially weddings.

Ghatams are an earthenware pot played in south Indian classical music, as well as being used by the rural folk in folk music. The mouth of the ghatam is open and is somewhat narrow compared to the mud pots used for domestic purposes. When the mouth is covered with a parchment it becomes the pot-drum. The clay used for making ghatams is mixed with iron-filings and baked.

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Jug Drum
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Jug Drum
Ceramic two hole jug drum, 12" x 12". Played by rapping on the outside while covering and uncovering the holes. Color and design varies.
Egyptian Jug Drum
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Egyptian Jug Drum
Ceramic two hole jug drum, 16" x 11". Played by rapping on the outside while covering and uncovering the holes. Color and design varies. Glazed inside. Opening on top measures 3" Opening on the side measures 2 1/4" Made in Egypt.
Jug Drum - Black Design
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Jug Drum - Black Design
Ceramic two hole jug drum, 12" x 12". Played by rapping on the outside while covering and uncovering the holes. Color and design varies.
Matka Jug Drum Blue
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Matka Jug Drum Blue
Ceramic jug drum 13"x12". Played by rapping on the outside of the jug. Colors and designs vary.
Matka Jug Drum Orange & Blue
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Matka Jug Drum Orange & Blue
Ceramic jug drum 13"x12". Played by rapping on the outside of the jug. Colors and designs vary.
Matka Jug Drum Yellow & Red
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Matka Jug Drum Yellow & Red
Ceramic jug drum 13"x12". Played by rapping on the outside of the jug. Colors and designs vary.
Small Ghatam with cushion, Floral Design
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Small Ghatam with cushion, Floral Design
Small Ghatam, Floral with cushion. This smaller version of the Ceramic jug drum, will have a higher pitch. 10.5 inches tall x 12 inches wide, a 39 inch circumference and a 5 inch opening.Painted and decorated with floral designs.
Ghatam with cushion, Floral Design
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Ghatam with cushion, Floral Design
Ghatam, Floral with cushion (Item Code: GHTF) Ceramic jug drum 13 inches tall x 13.5 inches wide, a 46 inch circumference and a 5 inch opening. Painted and decorated with floral designs. Colors and decorations may vary from the photo.
Ghatam Nylon Case
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Ghatam Nylon Case
Ghatam Nylon Case. Nylon case with side zipper and handles. Will accommodate a Jug Drum approximately 12-14 inches in diameter and 14 inches tall