The Caribbean Dictionary

tassa
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Noun
Tassa is a form of kettle drum, presumably of Persian derivation that was brought to the Caribbean by indentured Indian workers durin gthe 19th centruy. It is made by tightly covering a clay shell with goat skin; early versions were covered in monkey skin as well. When ready to play, the goat skin is heated by aid of a fire to tighten the head, making the pitch higher. Modern versions are made of metal 'fiberglass' clay pots with a plastic head that is tightened with screws or even a plastic head that is tied on to the pot. These last longer and do not have to be adjusted as frequently.
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The music made by tassa drums.
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deolal Jul 14, 2009
this is what a tassa looks like
PRAKASH Apr 30, 2013
WHO CREATED THE GOAT SKIN AND THE PLASTIC SKIN TASSA
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