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Percussion instrument
Classification Frame drum
Hornbostel–Sachs classification211.311
(Directly struck membranophone)

The adufe is a traditional square tambourine of Moorish origin, which is used in Portugal and Galicia.[1]


A Portuguese percussion instrument, it was traditionally used in the Beira region of Castelo Branco. It was also used in many other regions across the Iberian Peninsula, and similar instruments are also found in Northern Africa. Normally used for Christian religious processions it was also used as a musical company for the local festivals or even for the works in the fields. Traditionally, it was only played by women.[2] However it was also played by men in several occasions, though not in religious times


The adufe is a square or rectangular frame drum usually made of pine, over which is mounted a goat's skin. The size of the frame usually ranges from 12 to 22 inches on each side, and 1 to 2 inches thick. The skin is stitched on the sides, with the stitches covered by a coloured ribbon. In the interior small seeds or small stones are placed to make pleasing sounds. An adufe is completely handmade.

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  1. ^ "Roots of Rhythm - Chapter 1:The Adufe from Portugal" (PDF). Roots of Rhythm. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  2. ^ Christo, Nuno. "Adufe". Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-02-13.