Ok, so if you've ever seen a live Tahitian performance before, you've probably never noticed the people drumming the beats, right??? C'mon, admit it... HAHA!!!
Well, in my free time, I do Tahitian drumming. There are several different instruments in a Tahitian drumming group and I play the tō'ere. Here's a quick tō'ere crash course...
The tō'ere in all of these pictures is my new drum. It was made by a family friend in Kea'au, Hawai'i. It was made from Hawaiian milo and the carvings at the top and bottom of the tō'ere are called the hei, or the lei around the head of the tō'ere. The plant leaves carved above the tō'ere opening represents the kou tree.
Here's a few of my favorite tō'ere videos. See if you can hear the different pehe's... good luck!
good example of different pehe's at 5:14 (in order: mua, ropu, muri)
One of the craziest 'oro'oro's I've heard: