LP Iyá Batá Drum

LP Iyá Batá Drum

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Description (Brief)

This drum was made by Latin Percussion Inc. in Garfield, New Jersey, in 1999. It is a Batá Drum, Iyá (large) with 6-1/2” and 12-1/2” head sizes, made of oak, with chrome fittings, and with a webbing sling. This drum is from a matched set of three bata drums, Oconcolo (2000.3030.14.01), Omele / Itolele (2000.3030.14.02), and Iyá


As indicated in an LP brochure from the period, “LP Founder and Chairman, Martin Cohen, first came across bata drums more than thirty years ago at a religious ceremony in the Bronx, New York. Traditionally Batas are ceremonial drums that are played in groups. At least three people sit, each with a different size drum, and act out "call and answer" patterns which are played on the drums.”

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Object Name
Date made
Latin Percussion
place made
United States: New Jersey, Garfield
Physical Description
oak (overall material)
metal (overall material)
animal skin (overall material)
webbing (overall material)
overall: 25 1/2 in x 15 1/4 in; 64.77 cm x 38.735 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Transfer from Smithsonian Institution Center for Latino Initiatives (through: Dr.Refugio l. Rochin,Director)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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