A Bata drum is a drum made of wood whose main characteristic is that it has two cones, one bigger than the other.  It is a percussion instrument very common in Cuba and used mainly for religious purposes (Yoruba culture).

Bata drums are part of a family of three consecrated drums: Iyá (large drum); Itótele (medium drum) and Okónkolo (small drum).

The master Alejandro Carbajal, professor of Havana Music School, explains with examples the characteristics of these drums, in our section of video tutorials.

Here we can see a drumbeat that took place last May in Havana.

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