Pronounced ("pon-day-row"), is a Brazilian-style "tambourine" which is a medium-sized
round, wooden frame drum stretched with goat or calfskin on one side. The "pandeiro"
is played with two hands. One hand holds and oscillates the drum allowing the
inset cymbals to produce a rhythm while the other hand strikes the drum using
fingers, thumb, and the base of the palm. Frame drums such as this pandeiro or
similarly-styled tambourines, are probably one of the most popular and universal
membranophones (anything covered with skin or similar material that vibrates and
produces sound), found all over the world. This instrument is traditionally used
in the "carnival" and the "capoeira" music traditions of Brazil.
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