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Thread #158947 Message #3765545
Posted By: Jack Campin
14-Jan-16 - 02:12 PM
Thread Name: Percusssion boxes
Subject: RE: Percusssion boxes
I very much doubt it came from Africa. The Peruvians made them from a commonly available kind of packing crate; they are a spin-off from international commodity trade (fruit, I think). The only square African drums I've seen had a skin membrane.
Square skin-headed drums do sort of work, but there's a reason why most cultures in the last few thousand years have made them round.