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World Music Listening

December - India

India
Tabla

Instrument: Tabla

The tabla is actually two drums played together. The drums are made from metal or wood and have a metal paste made from rice and iron in the center of the drum head. The player uses both their hands and fingers to create complex rhythms while playing the tabla drums. 

November - China

China
Erhu

Instrument: Erhu

The erhu is considered the Chinese Violin. It is a string instrument with two strings. The bow is kept between the two strings and the player rests the erhu on his or her lap while playing.

October - Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago
Steel Pan

Instrument: Steel Pan

Trinidad and Tobago are islands in the Carribbean. They made their drums from oil barrels!

 

September - Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)

Brazil

Agogo

Instrument: Agogo

Every year in Rio they hold a big festival called "Carnaval" where everyone parties for an entire week! There are parades and floats and competitions and food. Videos from below show how to play the agogo and clips from the "bateria" portion of Carnaval.

August - West Africa

West Africa
Djembe

Instrument: Djembe

In West Africa, drumming, dancing, and singing are all part of the same art form. You can't have one without the other!