‘This Drum I Play’: Women and Square Frame Drums in Portugal and Spain

@article{Cohen2008ThisDI,
  title={‘This Drum I Play’: Women and Square Frame Drums in Portugal and Spain},
  author={Judith R. Cohen},
  journal={Ethnomusicology Forum},
  year={2008},
  volume={17},
  pages={124 - 95}
}
The Iberian double-skinned square frame drum, known as adufe, or pandeiro quadrado (Portuguese) or pandero cuadrado (Spanish), is played almost exclusively by women, and is a legacy from the medieval period. While Spanish and Portuguese women play various round frame drums (as elsewhere in the Mediterranean), the focus of this article is on the square drum and its role in several aspects of secular, religious, and ritual life. The essay also explores the ways in which the songs women sing while… Expand
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