This drum hails from the eastern region of Nigeria. These drums often accompany
many other instruments. Traditionally, the deeper shelled Igba are played with
the hand, while the shorter drums are played with a curved stick. In an ensemble
these drums often lead, and are used to "talk" by the talking drummers. To tune
the drum, the player will use a strong object to whack the pegs around the drum
in order to restore its best tone.
Igba woods. Certain trees/timber of this region are noted for unique properties, and drum carvers know which varieties make the best drums. Some varieties (e.g. Padauk, used in Ekwe log drums) are unique to the forests of this area; we do not have exactly the same species elsewhere, hence the names of some of these mixed-color drum woods are known only to Nigerians who harvest them.