The Daf Drum - Middle East Musical Instrument
daf (or dap or daff or riqq) is a frame drum, originally Persian or Kurdish, and is the ancestor of the western Tambourine. It
has a large frame covered with goat-skin , with one or more rows of metal rings or chains adding a jingling effect. The
daf comes in various forms and is used in
When the daf drum is tilted forward, the rings can touch the skin to make a buzzing sound. Snapping
the fingers against the head and shaking the frame creates additional rhythms.
The solo-daf is used in solo performances and has a very strong sound, allowing the solo player to
show off the
virtuosity of their finger patterns.