Where did the Tubbel originate?
There are many theories as to where the Tubbel originated. Indians like to think that it may have been originated from the tabla; others may think it derived from an Assyrian Davula; many also think that the Turkish may have come up the idea of a double-sided bass drum. In my honest opinion, drums like the invention of the wheel; drums were invented by many of the world’s first civilised cultures.
History tells us drums can be traced back almost six thousand years, whether it was the Levant, particularly Phoenicia; Mesopotamia or even from the Inca’s. The purposes of the drums were for communication, mostly in battle. In saying this, the tubbel came out of celebrations, the call to war and victories. Hence, drums being used at weddings and other occasions.
The Tubbel is a uniquely designed two membrane side Instrument, usually made from animal hide and a wooden shell. The hide is stretched over on each hollow side of the shell, which is then bound together with rope. Modern times turning only in the past 17 years, have increasingly modernised the look of the tubbel by using plastic drum skins that are a more durable.
The “Tak” side (to the right hander is generally to the left) is a thinner drum head or “skin” that creates a sharper sound; uses a thin straight like stick commonly made of sugar cane or bamboo. The “Doum” side is the main striking and impact side, is commonly thicker than the “Tak,” obviously to be able to take such blows to the centre. The doum stick is thicker and curved towards the top, designed not to harm the skin and drum head whilst being beaten to create a deep bass sound. Infact the words tak and doum in Arabic are the descriptions of the sound on impact.