Adufe MMG 45CM

The adufe is a traditional Portuguese instrument, classified as a quadrangular membrane tambourine. Inside, seeds or small soils  are placed to enrich the sound. This MMG timber has the most common size in which the sides of the frame measure approximately 45 centimeters.

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Accompany the portuguese traditional singing or other to the rhythm of an MMG adufe.   

The adufe is one of the best known traditional Portuguese percussion instruments. The adufe MMG respects this tradition, being an instrument with an excellent sound, with natural leather, stretched in a 45 cm side wooden frame.

The adufe has a rich history and unique characteristics for a percussion instrument. In addition to its particular shape, the shallow depth of the frame and the short distance between the skins make it sound light and light, unlike other traditional percussion instruments such as the bass drum.

Its own peculiar shape implies a percussion technique that relies more on the tapping of fingers and dry hand strokes, without the use of drumsticks. Inside, there are seeds or so soils that offer an extra richness of sand to the sound of this instrument.

Widely used to accompany the traditional songs of the interior of the country, more particularly the traditions of Beiras, this instrument was introduced by Arabs in the 11th and 12th centuries.

Usually played by women, the adufe is an instrument that contains mythology and iconography associated with the ideas of fertility and marriage, being one of the most magical and admired instruments of traditional Portuguese music.

The MMG adufe is handcrafted in Ermesinde, in the municipality of Valongo, in Portugal. Since 1943, the Oficina de Artesanato César manufactures traditional percussion instruments, such as timbrels, drums, reco-recos and tambourines. Today, under the direction of Manuel Moreira Gonçalves, the Oficina de Artesanato César makes traditional musical instruments and also wooden toys, which it sells to countries like Spain, Holland and Germany.

Mark the sound of traditional singing with an MMG stave. 


  • Adufe with 45cm long frame side.
  • Natural skin.
  • Made in Portugal.

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