Daf

Daf

The daf is a circular frame drum found in the Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and India. Covered with animal skin on one side (usually goat), and sometimes equipped with rings or small cymbals, the percussion instrument has characteristics similar to that of a tambourine. Striking the instrument in different spots with the fingers produces a variety of tones and colours.

Performance techniques vary from country to country, however its soft, deep sonorous tone makes the instrument ubiquitous with vocal accompaniment.