The tumba is a kind of long, thin drum, whose pitch depends on the part of the head being hit. 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).
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