Udu (2022)The udu is a percussion clay instrument with a small hole to collect the air which carries the sound. It resembles a clay pot. In the Nigerian language, ùdù means vessel or water jug. Musicians who play the udu produce bass sounds by hitting the hole on the pot or the instrument. There are many different ways to make and play this instrument. You can make a sound by tapping your fingers on the sides while moving your hands away from the hole of the udu. At the same time, the bass tones of the udu can be controlled by closing and opening the small hole on its side with rhythmic movements In the southern parts of Iran, a similar pot called Koza or Jahale is also used as an instrument. In India, there is a pot instrument without any hole on its body. It is called Ghaṭam.
I made various forms of udu with the clay available in the native potters' workshops. They were made by hand with a little help from the pottery wheel and baked to 900oC in our handmade gas kiln.
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