Tambari Drum

Tambari? Yes, the Tambari drum!

Alhaji Mohammed, The Palace Tour Guide, beating the Tambari drum.

“Tar shi, tar shi, Seriki, tar shi”.

“Wake up, wake up, your highness, wake up”.

The Tambari drum is a local drum beaten at the Tambari court in Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria.

Along with other musical instruments like the Kakaki trumpet and other local stringed instruments, its used to commemorate special occasions and also to wake the Emir of Ilorin Emirate on certain days.

Tambari, What stuff are you?

The drum is made from the hide and skin of a horse while its sticks are made from the whip of a horse. Apparently, it is the oldest drum in Ilorin, Kwara state, dating as far back as the 17th century.

Sound the Alarm

To wake the Emir, It is beaten with the sound and beat;

‘Tar shi, tar shi, Seriki, tar shi!”.

“Wake up, wake up, your highness, wake up!”.

The beat, more like an alarm, wakes the Emir every Thursday evenings and Friday mornings.

Yawn! Can anyone wake me with the Tambari drum?

tar shi, tar shi!.

wake up, wake up!…

Alhaji Mohammed, The Palace Tour Guide, with the Tambari drum.

 

 

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