A look at histories and historical narratives of people around the Africana World.
A rock gong, also known as a lithophone, is a large, solid rock that can be beaten to sound like a drum. These rocks have been used for centuries and the remains of them have been found in several different parts of Africa, including the Nubian Nile Valley. The rock gongs could weigh up to several ton, but they were beaten with a much smaller, hand-held rock. Continuous playing of the rock gong results in many different indentations across the rock. Rock gongs were typically played solo, but could be played as an ensemble. These instruments were played as the music for dancing, whether for leisure or performance.