This is another post in the series on Baskeet musical instruments – see earlier posts of this series here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. While there is a significant number of wind instruments (aerophones) in Baskeet, there is only a single membranophone used in Baskeet, a large drum with two useable cow skin membranes. The membranes are laced to each other. The drum is struck with bare hands, one hand on each membrane. The wood for the drum is taken from a tree called koyri in Baskeet, which I haven’t been able to determine yet. The drum comes in different shapes: it can be cylindrical, as seen on the picture below:
Usually, the drum is slightly conical or double-conical. The picture below shows a conical drum, with a large drumhead played by the right hand and a smaller drumhead played by the left hand. The drum is played by men and women and accompanies songs sung for happy occasions, such as weddings. Drums are not played during the mourning ceremonies. The drum can be placed on the ground and be played while kneeling.
The drum can also be hung to the body of the player, as the drum on the picture below, which was played during an orthodox procession on the T’əmk’ät (Timket) holiday in Laska.* Note that the drums played in an orthodox context are coloured and double-conical (with a diameter that is larger in the middle than at the ends).
The Baskeet term for the drum is dibba. I have also heard people use karaba, which is probably a deformed Amharic loanword (< käbäro).