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Mirwas drum

The mirwās or marwas (Arabic: مرواس‎), plural marāwīs (Arabic: مراويس‎) is a small double-sided hand drum originally from the Middle East. It is a popular instrument in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, used in sawt and fijiri music. It is also common in Yemen.

Hadhrami migrants from Yemen took the instrument to Muslim Southeast Asia (especially Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei), where it is used in zapin and gambus musical genres. A similar drum of this area is the kendang.


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