Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A goblet- or hourglass-shaped hand drum having a single drumhead, typically held in the lap or under the arm and widely used in Middle Eastern, Balkan, and North African music.

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  • noun music A drum, shaped like a goblet, from the Middle East and North Africa.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Ultimately (partly via Turkish darbuka) from Arabic darabukka, dirbakka, perhaps from Syriac ’ardbakkā.]

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Arabic.

Examples

  • The repertoire transcended the strict boundaries of the brass band genre, with the exploration of "salon music" played during wedding parties in Macedonia, and the integration of more subtle instruments such as darbuka, banjo and clarinet.

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  • Born to a cantorial father, Dardashti has an operatic voice, which is gorgeously backed up by magnificent violin, dulcimer and darbuka exhibitions.

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  • This is one of his better tracks that I've heard, with great usage of darbuka and flute.

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  • In 1933 she returned to Palestine, where she taught dance at elementary schools and created solo works, rejecting the style of her European dance teachers and instead incorporating Biblical themes and local visual elements such as fishnets and the hourglass-shaped darbuka drum.

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  • But where the octet's instrumental skill radiates the most heat is in "The Box Set" and "Paddy Ryan's Dream/Blue Britches/Gan Ainm," the latter medley featuring some exotic percussion (cajon, darbuka, caixixi) and the hard-shoe stepdancing of Bernadette Flanagan and Ms. Dudasik.

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  • But at the same time that Tribecastan's newest album draws on instruments as diverse as the Bulgarian kaval (shepherd's flute), the Afghani rubab (short-necked lute), and Moroccan drums such as the darbuka, all in a single track "Dancing Girls," the imaginary nation's patrimony highlights profound connections with its musical subcultures.

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  • Their core sound -- four tubas and a drummer -- gives space to banjo, clarinet and darbuka, as well as some arresting vocal performances that could transform the dullest dinner party into a hedonistic hoedown.

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  • When it reached the level ground where the Haven folk had sported at games before taking up more deadly rehearsals, the soldier dismounted and spoke soft drumbeats, as of a distant and muffled _darbuka_.

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  • On another occasion, a musician taught the class how to play the darbuka, a Middle Eastern drum.

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  • On another occasion, a musician taught the class how to play the darbuka, a Middle Eastern drum.

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