Name: Bendir.
Type: Membranophones > Drums > Frame.
Hornbostel-Sachs#: 211.311
Country: Many.
Region: Middle East & North Africa.

Description: The bendir [in Arabic: بندير‎, plural banadir, بنادير] is a wooden-framed frame drum of North Africa and Southwest Asia. The bendir is a frame drum having a three lengths of chord usually of animal gut mounted underneath the membrane as a snare.

When this drum is struck by the left hand it creates a “buzzing” like timbre when played. The bendir is played in the Levent area of the Middle East through North Africa from Egypt as far west as Morocco.


Citations: Bibliography: Randy Raine-Reusch [2010]. Play the World: The 101 World Instrument Primer. Pacific, MO.: Mel Bay Publications. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-61065-251-3

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