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Egypt (Middle East)

Pronounced ("ric"), is a tambourine or a small, round, frame drum stretched with goat, or preferably, fish skin on one side. It's probably one of the most universal instruments in that all countries have their own styles and shapes ranging from square and hexagon to rectangular and round. It is made with especially well-tuned cymbals, and is played in a delicate and sensitive manner adding, so to speak, "icing to the cake". The kotim or hatam is the inlay around the frame of the drum and is usually made from bone or mother-of-pearl.

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