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KIDS/SOUVENIR "FESTIE" DRUMS:
Note: These are small conical drums with tacked on goat skins (no lacing). Make a souvenir drum to remember your festival experience. These drums are not tunable, however they take several hours less to build than our larger laced ashikos and djembes.
"Festie" - 12"H (7.5" head) (*kids or adults)
Note: Introduced to the West in the 1930's by Babatunde Olatunji, an Ashiko is a drum shaped like a tapered cylinder with the head on the wide end, with the narrow end open. It is rope-tuned. The word "Ashiko" is traced back to the word "Drum" in Yoruba. Ashikos are traditionally found in both the Yoruba culture of West Africa and parts of Central & South America (Cuba, Colombia). Our Ashikos are individually handcrafted and lathe-turned using both soft and hard wood staves from an Amish lumberyard in northern New York state, unlike traditional African drums that would typically be carved out of a single log. Occasionally, we import some traditional shells. Ask us if we have any in stock!
18"H (9" head) ASHIKO
24"H (12" head) ASHIKO
28"H (14" head) ASHIKO
Note: Djembes are rope-tuned goblet drums, and the Bambara people have said that "dje" is the verb for "gather" while "be" translates to "peace" - in other words, "everyone gather in peace." The djembe gained western popularity in the 1950's once Fodeba Keita founded Les Ballets Africains, an official Guinean touring group that traveled all over Europe/U.S. Ladji Camara (a member of the ballet) started teaching djembe in the U.S. in the 1960's, performing frequently with Babatunde Olatunji. This raised awareness of the instrument to Western audiences.
24"H (13" head) DJEMBE
28"H (16" head) DJEMBE
All of our drums have goat skin heads unless by special request. We also have cow, deer, and elk available. Want hair on your skin? Let us know in advance. We always have a few in stock.