The darbuka, a goblet drum also known by many names like the tarabuka, debuka, doumbek, dumbec, dumbeg, dumbelek and toumperleki, is ubiquitous in Arabic-influenced music of North Africa and the Middle East. (The Arabic word “darba” means “to strike.”) Goblet drums have been central to music in the region as far back as Babylonian and Sumerian cultures a thousand years B.C. in Africa the darbuka anchors music genres from Egypt to Morocco, providing North African Arabs with an instrumental connection to their language and culture’s Middle Eastern past.
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