Tumba (drum)

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The tumba is a kind of long, thin drum, whose pitch depends on the part of the head being hit.[1] The tumba is the largest drum of the conga family and is also the Panamanian colloquial name for a folkloric drum about 3 feet high, a foot across, mounted on a stand. It is struck with the hands.

Tumbas appear in Leroy Anderson's Jazz Pizzicato (1949) and Fiddle-Faddle (1952), Hans Werner Henze's opera The English Cat (1983), as well as the music of various Latin American dance bands. Also Karlheinz Stockhausen's Kreuzspiel (1951).[2]


  1. ^ The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments, p.111. ISBN 1-85868-185-5.
  2. ^ Pearsall, Edward (2012). Twentieth-Century Music Theory and Practice, p.217. ISBN 9780415888950.