This GOPE drum head is not suitable for Batucada or Samba afro, samba reggae styles. This head is suitable for pagode, or zabumba style playing.
GOPE company in Rio de Janeiro makes great pagode instruments. This 20 inch drum head is great for studio recording sessions. This head will bring out a warmer side to your surdo instrument.
There is an inner layer of plastic and an outer layer of black napa. The plastic layer has vey small holes to let air freely pass between the layers.