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tom-tom,

name popularly applied to high-pitched hand drums, usually barrel-shaped and having either one or two drumheads of skin. They are tunable to specific pitches. Supposedly of Native American or Asian origin, they are sometimes used in modern dance orchestras for special effects. The terms tom-tom and tam-tam are sometimes confused; the latter is another name for the gong.

tom-tom

1. a drum associated either with the American Indians or with Eastern cultures, usually beaten with the hands as a signalling instrument
2. a standard cylindrical drum, normally with one drumhead
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What right does a government have to take the life of that tom-tom wala who was making an honest living by driving his tom-tom on the streets when the government has not done anything for him since he was born?
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Your heart trembles in the shadows, like the reflection of a face in troubled water The old mirage rises from the hollow of the night You know the sweet sorcery of memory A river carries you far from the banks, Do you hear those voices: they're singing love's heartache And in the mournful darkness, hear that tom-tom panting like a young black girl's breasts .
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Early drummers, in their search for new sounds, also adopted the instruments they heard played by Chinese immigrants in urban areas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, like the small Chinese cymbal (Bo), large gong (Da Luo), woodblock (Ban), temple blocks (Mu-Yu), and the first tom-tom (Bangu), usually a thick painted pigskin drum head tacked on to a red painted wooden shell.
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