Musical instruments is the theme this week for Sunday Stamps and I have been eagerly anticipating some 2014 Europa stamps of the same theme, but so far none of my postcards have had any on them. So I resorted to searching through my older stamps and found these. All drums from Africa.
Up first is one from Upper Volta - which I admit I had to google to find it's current name of Burkina Faso (West Africa). With a bit more google research, I found this description
The body of a lunga drum has the shape of a gently curving cone connected by a hollow cylinder. A circular drum rim made of coiled-up cane wrapped in raffia grass fits over the round opening on each end of the drum's body. Goat skin is sewn onto the rim to make each drumhead. Cords made of antelope skin are strung back-and-forth between the two heads, holding them in place and enabling the drummer to apply the pressure that controls the drum's pitches. Alhaji points out that the pressure actually pulls on the cane rim, whose subtle movement affects the tension of the goat skin.
Players wear the lunga drum over one shoulder, holding it snuggly up into the armpit with a long scarf. A curved wooden stick with a flattened knob on the end is the drum beater.
and below, there are two more drums, these from Chad (Central Africa), which I couldn't find any information on.
on the left is a
and on the right a
'drum and seat'
both from 1965