(Last Updated on : 19-05-2012)
Tumbi, or the Toombi, is an old and conventional North Indian musical instrument from the Indian state
of Punjab. This instrument, tumbi, is a famous folk singer of Punjab
"Lal Chand Yamla Jatt". In the year 1960s, 70s and 80s the most of the Punjabi singers used the Tumbi. The most popular were Kuldeep Manak, Mohammed Sadiq, Didar Sandhu, Amar Singh Chamkila and Kartar Ramla.
The high pitches, single string plucking instrument is also associated with the folk music of Punjab and is presently very popular in the Western Bhangra Music.
Design of Tumbi
This is a type of instrument that is made of wooden stick that is mounted with a toomba or the wooden resonator covered with skin. A metallic string is passed on a resonator over a bridge and tied to the key at the end of the stick. The string is struck with the continuous flick and retraction of the forefinger.
Use Of Tumbi In Western Music
Timbaland and Missy Elliott saw the introduction of the distinct tumbi sound into the popular mainstream music scene.
Mundian Ton Bach Ke Rahin (Beware of Boys) from Punjabi MC, a huge hit in the United Kingdom charts, is perhaps the most widely known example of use of tumbi in popular western music.
This particular instrument is very popular and also featured in the hit song "20 inch" by Master P. Feat: Jamaican reggae artist Cutty Ranks and rap artist Kobra Khan.
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