Region: Nigeria > Africa > Many.
Maker: Local, Vancouver based artist, name unknown.
Specimen: Modern design.
Acquisition Source: Randy Raine-Reusch.
Description: The udu is a percussion instrument who has its origins among the Igbo people of Nigeria. In Igbo the name Udu means "vessel". This instrument is played by hand, and when struck the hand may cover the sound hole to change the pitch, often the sides of the instrument are struck. The udu is very popular among percussionists world wide. Several modern derivatives have evolved from the basic design of this instrument. They include the utar, kim-kim and the zarbang-udu developed by Persian percussionist Benham Samani.