Riq

Name: Riq.
Type: Membranophones > Drums > Frame.
Hornbostel-Sachs#: 211.311
Specimen: is from Egypt
Country: Many.
Region: Middle East & North Africa.

Description: The riq [in Arabic: رق‎ riq] it may also be spelt as riqq or rik. It is a small sized frame drum similar to the tambourine. It is a traditional instrument in Arabic music through out the levant [Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon]

Construction: Traditionally it has a wooden frame although in recent times the the body of riq is often made from metal. Additional pairs of heavy brass cymbals held in place by a nail. This step is repeated five times. The head is usually a hide from goat or fish skin or more commonly a synthetic plastic.

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