UDU Musical Instruments. This african instrument called UDU drum in Nigeria of the Ibo language means pot in the beginning was simply a means for transporting water, but the strike on the holes in the ceramics and became a musical instrument. This percussion instrument is entirely constructed of ceramic. We perfected the design a bit to achieve deep and powerful sound, also the enamel in the zone peripheral to the central hole allows the shock to the ceramic to be more bright and clear. It measures approximately 30cm in diameter. These drums UDUs ceramics are traditionally built and played by people from villages around Nigeria. UDU The name comes from one of the Ibo language to mean "crock" but can also be found at the same instrument with other names such as "Abang" or "kimkim".
Origin and Interesting Facts about Udu Drums
Traditional Use of Udus
The Udu belongs to the basics of every percussionist as a sound effect and rhythm instrument. This Udu is handmade and designed according to the old African Udu. They are played by rhythmically opening and closing the side-hole with the palm of the hand. This produces a deep bass tone, reminiscent of the sound of the Indian Tabla. This playing technique is combined with the bright, percussive body-sound produced by hitting any part of the pot with the fingers. The long, ribbed neck can also be played and yields a high percussive sound, an appealing interval to the bass root tone. The origin of the Udu drums lies in Nigeria.
Have you heard the mystical sound of udu drums? Relaxing, almost hypnotizing, it carries you into a different world: The land of the Igbo. Below, I'll tell you about the origin and traditions of these African pottery drums. If you are looking to buy an udu, it is very unlikely that you'll find an authentic one from Africa. The traditional instruments are too fragile for export.
LP has developed this instrument for the cosmopolitan hand percussion market niche. While the Igbo udu is an instrument played primarily by women in a number of traditional and neo-traditional settings, no such associations carry over to the LP instrument. While the plosive aerophones this instrument mimics are traditionally of modeled clay, the LP instrument has signatures of being first cast in many pieces and then assembled. The vessel has two openings, one situated as on a normal pot at the mouth of the neck, and a second on the face of the vessel. Both openings have an internal diameter of 2 in.