The sikko is a tunable hand-held thin squared drum made of a Melina wooden frame with goatskin nailed to it. There are different sizes of sikkos, each one having a different pitch . It is a tunable instrument played by hand or with a stick.
The sikko is usually played by holding it vertically in one hand from the frame side and by striking it with the other hand (or stick). It can also be played with 2 sticks by a single player. There are usually a few sikko players playing simultaneously in an orchestra, each of them playing a different sized one.
The sikko originated in the regions of southern Guinea and northern Sierra Leone.
It is played in local neighborhood ceremonies, like weddings. The frame tuning system at the back of the instrument allows a very flexible tuning.
This version originates from Guinea (west Africa) - Original stick provided with each drum