Tamborita calentana

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The tamborita or tamborita calentana is a percussion instrument from Mexico. It is used in conjuntos de música calentana, in the states of Guerrero, Michoacán y Estado de México.

It is a double-headed skin drum, traditionally built with Parota root wood. Rims are made of aisinchete schrub and are tightened as in military drums. It is performed with a pair of wood sticks, one of these with a skin covered head to soften the sound. Tamborita accompanies guitars and violins in sones and gustos of tierracalenteña music.


  • Chamorro, Arturo (1984). Los Instrumentos De Percusión En México. México: Colegio de Michoacán. ISBN 978-968-7230-02-3. 
  • Atlas Cultural de México. Música. México: Grupo Editorial Planeta. 1988. ISBN 968-406-121-8.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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