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Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey (Europe)

This instrument is found in the Mediterranean, Near, Middle and Far East. The Darabuka starts as a round ball of copper or nickel and is pounded into a goblature or chalice-shaped, metal drum. It is then stretched with goatskin on one side and played with the hands and fingertips. The drum rests in your lap or under your arm.

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