The Holders of Music


In traditional Touareg society, women are the musicians. They play the Imzad (a traditional single-stringed bowed instrument) and the tendé drum, made from a mortar. In this photo, women are making a drum: by using pillars and string, they are attaching a goat skin to the mortar.  A wet cloth is often placed on the goat skin to improve the sound. It is said that the beating of the tendé resounds with the walk of camels on the sand.