Also known as a goblet drum or doumbek, the darbuka is a membranophone with a single head and a body shaped like a goblet. It is used in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe or Arabia.

The sounds produced by the darbuka include the intense bass sounds produced by striking the head in the center. The next sound is the tec and is a higher pitched sound. There are many techniques of hitting the darbuka that produce different sounds and timbres.

Arab Instruments sombaty plus darbuka is the leader of percussion instruments used in the Middle East. Oriental music first produced the distinctive rhythms and now the Darbuka is popular in Western music. The drum itself is a single-headed instrument that makes it very different from other musical instruments in the percussion family. The darbuka has long history of being used for belly dancing music in the Middle East.

Every musical instrument has its distinct language, and percussion instruments have their own bol. The langue of the darbuka is created by the way you play strokes with your hand.


If you want to produce a certain sound, put your middle and ring finger of your right hand together and hit the edge of the skin. The sound which will produced from the sombaty plus darbuka in this case will be impressive and clear. If you want to produce another sound, leave the fingers loose and keep them on the skin of the drum. Musicians claim it is similar to a slap on a conga. Playing acoustic beats with the sombaty plus darbuka is much easier than playing on many other drums, and you don’t have to carry an entire drum set with you.

The Sombaty Plus darbuka is a heavy form of the Sombaty darbuka and includes an additional layer of aluminum. It produces stronger sound and soul thumping doom strokes. Quality darbukas made by Arab Instruments are hand-made in Egypt, covered with genuine mother of pearl that are pasted on the instrument one at a time. This instrument weights about 13.86 lbs or 6.3 kg. Built by craftsmen, these instruments are one of a kind and crafted by a team from Arab Instruments who know the old manufacturing techniques.


Techniques to build and decorate the darbuka were passed down from father to son. Generations have made the Sombaty plus darbuka and incredible instruments for big events such as concerts, public events and to accompany a soloist in a big way.

To truly be proficient on the darbuka, you need to pick the correct one. The correct darbuka is as important as the tones you play. Every Darbuka has different notes and sounds. To read more about the differences you can click here.