The tamanis

The sound produced by a Tamani or Tama can be regulated very finely, to the point that it is said that it speaks. The Tama player places the instrument under his armpit and strikes it with a wand bent in different ways by varying the pressure on the strings that tense the skin, causing complex sounds. This complexity of sound resembles certain A...

The sound produced by a Tamani or Tama can be regulated very finely, to the point that it is said that it speaks. The Tama player places the instrument under his armpit and strikes it with a wand bent in different ways by varying the pressure on the strings that tense the skin, causing complex sounds. This complexity of sound resembles certain African phonetic languages.

African villages have used the Tamas as a means of telegraphic communication for centuries. Interesting messages were repeated and relayed to nearby villages. European explorers were surprised to discover that the announcement of their arrival and their intentions was transmitted through the forest well ahead of their arrival. An African message can be transmitted at a speed of 160 km/h. Under ideal conditions, the sound can be heard 5 to 11 km away.

Our Tamanis are made of balafon wood or blacksmith's wood. They are machined on the exterior and hewn manually on the inside and then mounted with very fine treated goat skin.

They are all delivered with a bag and a drumstick.

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