These African Wood Block percussion instruments are deceptively simple. Artisans create each piece by hollowing out a deep slot on one side of a rectangular chunk of hardwood. As a result, you can create different tones depending on if you hit the thicker or thinner edge. Woods used are typically Africa Padauk (with a reddish color) or Oma wood (with a more brownish hue). The timbre varies by wood-type, typically more sharp with the Padauk and softer and lower with the Oma.
Traditional Igbo percussion instrument from Nigeria.
How to Play:
The okpokoro is played percussively. The sound varies from sharp to a fuller sound depending on where you hit the instrument.
4 x 8 inches