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Doumbeks & Darbukas

"Arabic music has the same feel as the Blues." ~Willie Dixon, paraphrase 

~From AllAboutJazz.com article (www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=15545)

Doumbeks and Darbukas

At Artdrum.com we use the terms 'doumbek' and 'darbuka' interchangeably.  Both doumbeks and darbukas are part of a larger category of drums called Goblet Drums.  Darbukas (aka doumbeks or dumbeks) are a classic Middle Eastern drum.  They are traditionally played by Middle Eastern percussionists for belly dancing, traditional, folk and pop music.  In addition, they have become beloved by professional percussionists, recreational drummers, drum circle enthusiasts and others around the globe.

You will find many styles of darbukas at Artdrum covering every playing level.  We have darbukas with shells made of brass, aluminum, copper, ceramic, fiberglass, Austicon & more.  We have Turkish, Pakistani, Egyptian and U.S. made darbukas.  We have darbukas with heads made of goat skin, plastic and Remo Fiberskyn & Skyndeep heads.  We also have tunable and pre-tuned darbukas; thin and wide necked darbukas; rounded and square rimmed darbukas; and small, medium and large size darbukas.

We are so confident in the quality of our doumbeks & darbukas that your Satisfaction Is Guaranteed.

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Mother of Pearl Doumbek with Orange Inlay

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Copper doumbek


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Alexandria Aluminum Doumbek

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nickel plated brass darbuka

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darbuka with jingles

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Remo deluxe doumbek bag

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Remo doumbek strap




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doumbeks - darbukas

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Doumbek FAQs

Buying your first doumbek or darbuka?

What are the sounds of a darbuka?

How do I replace the head on a copper, aluminum or mother of pearl darbuka?

Comparison of the Alexandria aluminum doumbek and copper doumbek

Doumbek & Darbuka Rhythms & Tones

Beledi Rhythm - Beledi is one of the six main rhythms of Mid-Eastern Music

Saidi Rhythm -  Beledi is one of the six main rhythms of Mid-Eastern Music

Tones & Drum Strokes for Doumbek & Darbukas - Three Basic Tones for the Middle Eastern Doumbek & Darbuka