The timba is a conical hand drum played with both hands. It is used most often for Afro-Brazilian rhythms, like axé and samba-reggae. The timba is light in weight and made of lacquered wood or aluminium with an tunable synthetic skin at one end. The timba is designed to play loud, rapid phrases and solos with powerful slaps. The sound of a timbal varies from a clear well-defined high tone till a strong deep bass. The timba is available in different lengths; a greater length brings a deeper bass.
The timba is carried using a shoulder strap. The playing technique has similarities to that used for conga and djembé.