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Iran (Middle East)

Pronounced (" die-ray "), this is a round, wooden frame drum stretched with goatskin on one side and held with two hands and played with the fingers. The "diore," and similar instruments to this, are found in Iran, Mongolia and all along the Soviet Southern border. These frame drums are all unique in that they have a single, metal ring attached to multiple areas inside of the drum, rather than multiple rings attached to each other or jingles (little cymbals) inset into the frame of the drum.

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The WORLD BEATS video features live, costumed performances of ancient, ethnic, percussive traditions. Aaron Plunkett puts it all together in this fascinating 33 minute program. SEE MORE...

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