Made by old men for use by women when required for "Kilumi" dance. Men have been known to use the drum and dance but not only those who are aware of the "spiritual words" in kilumi songs. The kilumi song is a propitiation dance in the times of famine or other stress. The drums are made from the "muinga tree and carved with a "thia" and finished with a "ngomo". The chocks (Kyambo) holding down the skin are cut by a knife and made from goat skin. It is sold at home and not in the market.


  • Title: Drum
  • Location: Kenya
  • Type: Drum
  • Rights: National Museums of Kenya
  • Medium: Leather/ Wood
  • Photographer: Gibsphotography
  • Local Name: Kithembe
  • Community: Kamba
  • Collection Date: 1969-05-29
  • Collected By: Peter Nzuki

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