Tiv Traditional Music is made from locally manufactured instruments. Though there has been a proliferation of modern and digital equipment into Tiv music, its production has remained largely through the use of traditional equipment.
The primary source of Tiv music is Mbaatsamev. These are the singers who convert words and human sounds into sonorous music, with or without the aid of instruments.
Some of the equipment used in traditional music are as follows:
• Agbande – drums which may come in different sizes, making different sounds. They are the most important instruments in traditional Tiv music, after Mbaatsamev
• Kolugh – a horn, most often from a cow.
• Kakaki – trumpet, made of large hollow iron and sometimes a mix of wood
• Indyer – giant hollow wood making deep, far-reaching sounds
• Ilyu – a smaller hollow wood making lighter but loud sound
• Akya – a small flute