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alfaia (plural alfaias)
- A Brazilian drum with a membrane made of animal skin.
2015 August 3, Ben Ratliff, “Review: Nação Zumbi Returns to Central Park SummerStage”, in New York Times:
- And there was the band’s centerpiece and glory, the interlocking rhythm of a trap-set drummer, a percussionist, and three standing drummers playing the alfaia, the large wooden drum from the African-derived, northeastern Brazilian song-and-dance tradition of maracatu.
alfaia f (plural alfaias)