Tahitian Rhythms are Frantically Fantastic

In class this week we travel to Tahiti where we learn Tahitian rhythms by turning our drums on their sides and sharply slamming the frame to simulate a drum known as a “to’ere” (toe-wed-day) , a hollowed log piece of wood (usually “milo” wood). Accomplished Tahitian drummers like us hit the to’ere with a stick called a “ra’au.” they — we — hit the drum with one ra’au that makes a sharp sound on the wood.