The Engalabi features as part of the Ugandan percussion family and has various names depending on the size and shape, it is also known as a membranophone.

Traditionally the drum has a head made of reptile skin attached to a wooden body. The Engalabi plays important roles in ceremonies and in theatre; it is called “Okwabya olumbe”. The one rule for musicians is they must use their bare hands to play. 


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