Udu Drums, Set

Udu Drums, Set

(Pot Drum)

Mfg. by Frank Giorgini

Set of 4, different sizes. African origins.

Model No.
Udu #1, Udu #2, Udu #3, Udu #4
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Played with fingers or cupped hands, udus have a characteristic dark and "boingy" sound that is created when striking the openings. Emil Richards was interested in the udu drums after reading an article in the Percussive Arts Society magazine about a percussionist who visited and wrote about percussion in Africa.


  • In this clip from Lost, composed by Michael Giacchino, udu takes a subtle but prominent role.

  • Udu plays a supportive ostinato role in the bottom with the basses in this excerpt from Michael Giacchino's score from Lost.

Please note: these are just examples, as playing technique and mallet/stick choices often have a great effect on the timbre.

These sound excerpts, to the best of our knowledge (unless otherwise noted), include this actual instrument from our collection. To hear the instrument yourself, or to let us know of any errors, please contact us.