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African Drums

WORKSHOP DRUMS

This page lists the range of different drums that I use in my workshops. They come from all over the world and are associated with different cultures. Most of these drums are played by hand and each has a unique playing technique that helps give the drum it’s particular sound.


Djembe
The djembe drum originates from West Africa. It is made with wood and goat skin. Traditionally it would have been played during festivals and ceremonies in the villages of Mali, Guinea and eastern Senegal. Today it is a very popular drum and can be found all over the world.

Gambian Djembe - African Drum (Large) Guinean Djembes

Surdo
The surdo is a deep sounding bass drum from Brasil. It is one of the drums played by drummers who play Samba music.

Surdo

Darabuka
The darabuka is a goblet shaped drum from the Middle East. It is very light, and is often made from aluminium with a tight plastic skin.

Darabuka

Tubano
The tubano is a modern drum based on the Latin American conga drum. It produces a nice mid range soft sound.

Tubano

Frame drum
The frame drum is a drum type that is found all over the world. Popular versions are the North America buffalo drum, the Irish bodhran, and the North African tar and bendir. It is the earliest skin drum known to have existed.

Frame drum

Ashiko
The Ashiko is a hand drum shaped like a tapered cylinder. It comes from Nigeria.

Ashiko

Bongos
The bongos are two drums of different sizes joined together. They originate from South America and are particularly associated with Cuban music.

Bongos

Kenkeni
The Kenkeni is a small sized bass drum from Guinea in West Africa. It is made with wood and cow skin.

Kenkeni

Sangban
The Sangban is a medium sized bass drum from Guinea in West Africa. It is made with wood and cow skin.

Sangban

Dununba
The Sangban is a large sized bass drum from Guinea in West Africa. It is made with wood and cow skin.

Dununba

Agogo drum
The Agogo drum is a modern double headed handheld drum that is modelled on the Agogo bell.

Agogo

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