7. Udu - Clay Pot Drums
The udu originates from Nigeria and is capable of creating timbres reminiscent of tabla and darbouka drums. Udu are played for traditional ceremonies and dances. The drums are made from baked clay pots with two holes that may be opened and closed with the palm while playing the drum; varying thicknesses in the pot wall can allow the fingers to create still more sounds. The udu is capable of low resonant bass notes and much brighter sounds, making it a fun instrument to play and experiment with.