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Iran (Persian Gulf)
Tombak & Tempo (Dumbek)

The style of music found in the Persian Gulf off the Iranian coastline is known as "bandari", which in Persian or Farci, the spoken language of the region, means "music of the South". These two goblature drums are placed one on top of the other (tombak on top), rest in your lap off to one side, and are played with the hands and fingers. In Persia, the dumbek, or tablah, is referred to as a " tempo," and has received this connotation because of its' association with something that "strikes" or "beats" "rhythm" or "time".

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