Drumming at Tahiti Fete

Polynesian drumming ensembles, such as those from Tahiti — like the one in this video — are composed of multiple drums of different sizes and pitches, all of which are made from materials found nearby. A drumming group will often feature instruments such as the sharply pitched to’ere, pronounced “to-eddie,” which is a narrow cylindrical drum made from a hollowed-out log and hit with a wood stick and the more resonant pahu, such as the Tahitian bass pahu, which drummers hit with padded sticks.