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Motherland Music offers
more than 200 types of African drums.

 Ashanti drum, Ashiko, Batá, Bougarabou, Brékete, Conga, Djembe, Doundun, Ekwe, Ewe drums, Kpanlogo, Krin, Ngoma, Sabar, Sákara, Talking Drum, Udu, and so much more!
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Carving a design on a djembe in Ghana Drum Making in Ivory Coast Drum Making in Mali Drum Making in Nigeria
Ghana Ivory Coast Mali Nigeria

Instruments are listed alphabetically.

 

Adowa Drums - Regional drums from the Ashanti Central States of Ghana. The fontomfrom drum family (either in part, or all drums) and others are traditionally played at many community and regional events. There are many, many different drums in Ghana, and the fontomfrom represents well the remarkable, proud cultural and spiritual traditions found there, this is because of it's imposing size and symbolic appearance, and the musicaliaty of it's sound. Each Motherland Ashanti drum is an auhtentic, hand-carved in Africa, professional drum.

 

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Ashanti Drums
Name Size Price
Fontomfrom   16" × 54"   950.  
Atumpan   14" × 32"   750.  
Apentema  9" × 23"   450.  
Apetia  7" × 21"   350.  
Angled stick  20.  
Straight stick  3.  

 

These high-quality drums are carved from Tweneboa wood, a resonant, somewhat plentiful preferred drum making wood in Ghana. The skins are stretched over the tops of the drum shells and fastened with strong pegs that fit snugly in the drum shell. The tall fontomfrom drum has a thunderous sound (the drum sound imitates it's name) that, played correctly, can be heard from a long distance.

 

Timbre-wise, atumpans are more mid-range and complement the bassy fontomfroms well. Both of these types of drums are headed with a medium to heavy cow skin. The sound of the apentema again imitates it's name, tonal wise it may compare to some congas and is played with hands or sticks. The apetia is the baby drum—played with two sticks, it is tuned to make a bright repetitive sound.

 

Measurements, designs, and availabilities of specific styles and sizes may vary slightly.

 

Ashiko - A tapered-cylindrical hand or stick played drum used throughout many regions of Africa. Mostly we've seen similar ones from South-Central Nigeria and Eastern Ghana. Motherland's ashikos are carved in Ghana from Tweneboa wood. we fix them with cow skin for a warmer sound but can customize the assembly to accommodate your sound needs.

 

   

Drum Size

Price
 
10" × 20"

200.00

275.00

350.00   

  12" × 24"
  14" × 28"
 
 

 

Bada - Made from a large gourd with a top section cut to accommodate the skin, the inside is scraped clean of the fibrous material and seeds and a goat skin is fastened with rope. Produces a mellow, slightly-resonant tone that mixes well with warm-toned balafons popular with musicians in the Sahel region of Africa.

 

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Size Price
13"   175.  
16"   250.  

 

Batá - Cuban-Style, carved in Mali or Ghana - Hyperbola-shaped Yoruba ritual drums carved from Lenke or other heavy hardwood and headed with goat skin or cow skin using choice of rope or bolt tuning and metal or wood rings.

These "Modern" Cuban-style batá drums use high-quality rope and expertly selected skins with custom fitted flesh rings, they will hold tunings longer than the "Traditional" strap-tuned versions.

Motherland Music's hardwood shell Cuban-Style batás are very durable, we import batá shells from various locations in West Africa made with a number of different premire drum woods. Our instruments are hand-made and of limited production; these are not mass-production instruments.

 

 
  rope tuned
Batá Drums
Cow Skin
(Wood Rings)
Okonkolo - 5" & 7" × 20"
350. 
Itotole - 6" & 9" × 24" 
425. 
Iyá - 7" & 11" × 26"   
525. 
Iyá - 7" & 12" × 27
575.
Iyá - 7" & 13" × 27"  
625.
Set of 3 - 11" iyá  
1000.
Set of 3 - 12" iyá  
1100.
Set of 3 - 13" iyá  
1200.  
Lenke Wood, Cow Skin & Wood Rings  
Batá Set (Melina Wood) Batá Set (Lenke)
 
metal tuning hardware rattan flesh hoops bata shells



 

 

Batá - Yorúbàn-Style, carved in Nigera - Hyperbola-shaped Yoruba ritual drums carved from Oma wood and headed with goatskin. Leather strap (Indian tabla-style) tuning. Fabric shoulder strap and leather playing stick included. Note: Drum exteriors may be 'stained' with natural chalk-type powder colors that are not entirely colorfast, meaning some (non-toxic) powder may rub off (temporarily 'staining' the player's hands/clothing). Given the spiritual context for which these drums are prepared, this is to be expected; the 'stain' does not affect these instruments' aural qualities, and like their Mali-carved modern cousins, these drums are suitable for a full range of musical styles.

 

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  Yorúbàn Batá  
Iyá Ilu 8" & 6" × 28"   450.  
Middle 7" & 5" × 20"    300.  
Omele 4" x 9"  175.  
*All sizes are approximate.

 

Bongolo - Unique African ceremonial/ritual type drum. The drums we currently have in stock are headed with thick cow skin (other choices are possible), has three feet carved into the shell (forming its own built-in rugged drum stand). Has a small sound opening to enhance sub-audio bass. Suitable for Afro-Cuban and world music contexts, could be construed as a cross between a dundun and a conga, and is playable by hands or using sticks or mallets. Like most of our African drums, these are carved from solid logs and are not produced in mass quantities.

 

  Bongolos  
Extra-Tall (Special) Small & Medium Sizes Set of 3 (11", 12", 14") Size Price
Ivory Coast Bongolo Finisher bongolo bottoms bongolo set 11" × 24" 350.  
12" × 24" 400.  
14" × 25" 450.  
Set of all 3
above sizes
950.
MM Special
Extra-Tall
500.  
 

 

Bougarabou - Ashiko (tapered-cylindrical)-type drum headed with cow skin. Versatile folkloric/conga drum sound with good bass (depends on head tension) in a comparatively lightweight and portable package. Traditional rope tuning, easily fine tuned with Mali weave.

 

  Bougarabous*  
Bougarabous Bougarabou (Ivory Coast) Bougarabou Shells Drum Size (Origin) Price*
 11" × 24" (Ivory Coast) 300.  
 11" × 25" (Mali) 350.  
 12" × 25" (Ivory Coast) 350.  
 12" × 25" (Mali) 400.  
 13" × 24" (Ivory Coast) 400.  
 13" × 25" (Mali) 450.  
 
Mali (l.), Ivory Coast Bougarabous (r.) Ivory Coast Bougarabous Ivory Coast Bougarabou Shells
 

 

Brékete/Gungon - This style drum is common to many cultures, this particular type of drum is played in Ghana. For it's relative size, this drum can make a powerful, thunderous sound

 

It is constructed with a with a cloth covered hand-carved wood shell, with a goat skin stretched across each end. There is a thin leather snare string (is removeable) that give this drum its distinctive "African buzzing timbre" Shoulder strap and curved playing stick are included.

 

Brékete Set (Plain Exterior) Brékete Set (Plain Exterior) Brékete Set with Carved Exteriors (3)
Brékete / Gungons
10" × 10"  
175.  
12" × 12"  
250.  
14" × 14"  
300.  
16" × 16"  
350.  

 

 

Conga - These Afro-Cuban style drums are hand-caved from a tree trunk in the traditional Cuban conga shape, from single hardwood log in Ghana, Mali, and Ivory Coast. They are fitted with custom Motherland Music tuning hardware or made with a rope tuning system, and headed with raw African cow skin. The shells are hand polished with an oil mixture and sealed with either polyurethane or bees-wax finish. These drums are very unique, and they sound amazing.

 

  Carved 1-Piece Shell (MM-Assembled) Congas  

Shells, melina wood

rope tuned, balafon wood mechanically tuned
Size
Price
placeholder image bongolo bottoms bongolo set
10" × 29"  
500  
11" × 29"  
500
12" × 29"  
550  
13" × 29"  
600 
14" × 29"  
600  
 
dougara wood from Mali Ghana shells tweneboa wood niangon & djalla woods, from Mali
MM-Assembled Drums

Mali Dugara congas Ghana conga 12 Mali conga shells conga 2

     

 

Djembe - The Djembe (aka jim-bay) is the most popular African hand drum in the world. It's populatity blossomed into many different settings in the last twenty years. This is because besides it having a spiritual aspect in it's sound, a diciplinarly, and community gathering aspect in the learning and playing of it's traditional music, this drum has a large tonal range for a single, fairly simple made drum, and this lends it's self well to many different situations.

 

The djembe came into being in west Africa and is considered a Mandingo drum. It crossed over into a wide area of west Africa before moving outside of the continent. This is unusual as many African drums were local and unknown outside of their culture. Some main traditional west African instrumentation played along with the djembe are doundouns (bass drums) and balafon (marimba/xylophone). At Motherland Music, we also host a number of excellent classes for you to learn from skilled professional drummers. We also provide learning programs, workshops, and performances for schools and other enviroments.

 

 

Djembes*

 
Ghana djembes Ivory Coast djembes New Mali Djembes Mali djembe shells Guinea djembes
Ghana Ivory Coast Mali Mali Shells Guinea
Ghana makes so many types... MM gets mostly the best! We also offer pro djembe shells
only -
from Ivory Coast!
We carry some Kangaba & other
Hi-Q unsigned drums from Mali.
Our new djembe shells from Mali are First Class! Noted for high quality, incl. special custom selection.
 
Senegal djembes Stock Medium- and Full-Sized*
Country
Dia. × H. Price  
Country
Dia. × H. Price
 Ghana, plain
12" × 24"
250.  
 
 
 Ghana, design
12" × 25"
275  
Mali
8" x 12"
79.  
           
 Ghana, plain
13" × 25"
299.  
 Mali
9" x 17"
130.  
Ghana, design
13" × 25"
330.  
  Mali
10" x 19"
150. 
  
 Mali
11.5" x 22"
275.  
 Ivory Coast
12" × 24"
300.  
 Mali
13" x 24.5"
400.  
 Ivory Coast, cow skin
12" × 24"
375.  
  Mali, cow skin
13" x 24.5"
450.  
 Ivory Coast
13" × 25"
350.  
  Mali
14" × 25"
450.  
 Ivory Coast, cow skin
13" × 25"
400.  
   
13" × 24"
350  
 Mali
15" x 26"
500.  

Drums are hand-carved in Africa sizes are + or - 1/2"



Metal tuning hardware is available (like congas) on most drums, call for more information.

 

Synthic heads available on 13" drums.

Senegal Burkina Faso
   

 

Dondo - Talking drum from Ghana, a variable-pitch drum played with a curved stick by squeezing it under the players arm. Two types are available; in the picture below, the slightly smaller Hausa style is shown on the left. The Dagomba type on the right.

 

Hausa (l.), Dagomba (r.).
Dondos
   
 6" × 16"   150.  
 7" × 17"   175.  
12" curved stick    12.  
13" curved stick    15.  

 

Ekwe - Two-tone Ibo log drum. Currently only available in red hardwood (Padauk/Vermillion). Played with either a plain wooden stick or a rubber-tipped beater. These wood log drums are found in the eastern part of Nigeria. Click here for more information on these drums.

 

Ekwes
5" × 11" 
65  
6" × 16" 
90  
8" × 19" 
160  
10" × 22" 
250  
12" × 24" 
350  
small beater: 
8  
large beater: 
10  
stand  
40  

 

Ewe Drums - Antelope (aka Bush Deer) skin. Peg tuning. Two types are available: Regular Quality and Better Quality. Each Motherland Ewe drum is carved from a solid piece of wood for low-maintenance use. Better Quality Ewe drums are made sturdier with a more-robust tuning system and better-fitted skins & pegs; they are pre-tuned —virtually no maintenance is required. Older, hoop-and-stave construction drums still used in Ghana are available on special order, but we do not guarantee them as long. All drums pictured below are carved from a solid log. Better Quality drums are usually stained deep-burgundy brown. Regular Quality drums are usually finished with shea butter or an oil and wax polish. Most of our Ewe drums from recent shipments are Better Quality (usually with darker finish and featuring more-elaborate exterior carvings).

 

 
 

Ewe Drums - Sogo, Kidi, Kagan, Astimevu, Boba, Kroboto
(with 2 Gankoquis, Axatse)

Ewe & Ashanti Drums
Atsimevu, Fontomfroms (rear), Boba (front)

Ewe Drums
Agbadza Sets (with Kroboto and Totodzi)
 
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Ewe Drums
 


Drum
Name

Drum
Head Dia.
× Height*
Plain Wood Polished & Designed Learn more about Ewe Drums &
Drumming
 
 Atsimevu 9" × 48"   600.   -   Atsimevu (MM/CKL)  
 Atsimevu 10" × 54"   700.   750.   Atsimevu (Ladzekpo)  
 Sogo 9-10"" × 25"   400.   450.   Sogo (Ladzekpo/MM)  
 Kidi 8-9" × 23"   350.   400.   Kidi (Ladzekpo/MM)  
 Kagan 7"-8" × 22"   300.   350.   Kagan (Ladzekpo/MM)  
 Kroboto 10" × 18"   250.   275.   Kroboto (Ladzekpo/MM)  
 Totodzi 9" × 18"   250.   249.   Totodzi (YouTube)  
 Boba 15" × 32"   600.   650.   Boba (MM/Ladzekpo)
Playing stick (natural wood) for
Sogo, Kidi, Kagan, Kroboto 
3.   Ewe Drumming General Article/
Page (Wikipedia
)  
Playing stick (natural wood) for
Atsimevu, Boba, Totodzi 
4.  
Drum Head Diameter and Height usually smaller on plain wood drums

 

- Conga-shaped peg-tuned drum headed with antelope skin. A staple of Ghana percussion, this versatile drum can be played with sticks and/or hands. Produces a warm, full, semi-conga-like tone that is a proud hallmark of many traditional Ghana rhythm styles.

 

Kpanlogos
  Kpanlogo
Ivory Coast
Kpanlogo [2]
Ghana
Size Price
 
250.  275.  300.  
Kpanlogo-New Kpanlogo Special 9" × 24"   
10" × 25"   
11" × 26"   
 

 

Gudugudu - Small wood bowl drum played with two long thin rawhide sticks, included. Tuning paste on head enables two-pitch effect. Tuned by hammering wooden wedges between the bottom metal ring and the drum's base. Hand-carved, hence dimensions are approximate.

 

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Gudugudu
9" × 6"  150.  
Extra 12" stick  2.  

 

Igba - Short, stout open-bottom tom-tom-like drum from eastern Nigeria. Slung from the shoulder, played with a curved stick, included. Antelope skin, wedge tuning. Traditionally used for intricate, rapid playing (like a variable-pitch talking drum); has a

semi-open, fairly "throaty" tone.

Click here for more information on these drums.

 

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Igbas
Small (7" × 11")   80. 
Medium (8 1/2" × 12")   100. 
Large (10" × 13")   140. 
Extra 9" curved stick   10. 

 

Igba,Tall -  Open bottom tom-tom like drum with wedge tuning. This Nigerian drum is headed with Antelope skin and played with a curved stick (included). Notched at the base to allow the sound to escape. Similar to an Ngoma in sound, it produces deep, bassy notes. Click here for more information on these drums.

 

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Tall Igbas
6" × 38"   120.  
7.5" × 40"   145.  
9" × 42"   185. 

 

Kete Drum Set - A handsome set of four drums from the Ashanti region decorated with characteristic red and black checkerboard cloth. Large drum (kwadum or kwedun) is headed with cow skin; others are headed with antelope skin. This set ships with seven (7) playing sticks.

 

Kete Set
  Kete Set Set Price  
  Four (4)
  Drums
995
 

 

Ngoma - Tall Mali cow skin (or goat skin) Congolese-style drum, played with hands like a conga or with sticks (not recommended on goat skin version). Please contact us for availability of specific ngomas; all decorative carving is done in Africa.

 

  Ghana Mali Origin Size
Price  
Ghana 11" x 44" 400. 
Ghana 12" x 44" 425. 
Ghana 13" x 44" 445. 
     
Mali 11" x 44" 430.
Mali 12" x 44" 455. 
Mali 13" x 44" 475. 
*Note: Standard head is
Medium to thick Cow skin

Ngomas sometimes have a decorative
carvings on their shells.

 

 

Sákara - Common Yoruba ceramic and goat skin drum. Played in ensenble with larger ones soloing and smaller ones keeping time. Wood playing stick included. Small sizes produce nice, tight sound. Larger sizes produce longer sustains. Tune down by rubbing a few drops of water on skin, tune up by tapping on tuning pegs.

 

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Size Price
4"  16.  
6"  24.  
8"  32.  
10.5"  40.  
12"  50.  
13.5"  64.  
Extra Stick  2.  

 

     

 

     

 

 
 
   
   

 

     

 

Djun-djuns (Senegal)
 
   
   
   
   

 

Sabar from Senegal -The sabar is an orginal Senegal drum. It is played by the Wolof people in a drum ensemble usually consisting of 3-7 types of drums The shells are carved dimba wood. The goatskins heads are tensioned by a webbing-peg system. Played using one flexible stick and one hand. Tuned by adjusting length of the webbing under the tuning pegs. You can learn Sabar drumming right here at Motherland Music

 


Mbeng-Mbeng pronounced "Bung-Bung").

Mbeng-Mbeng are sometimes available in large and small sizes.

The smallest support drum in the sabar family is called tungone (not pictured)

Red-stained
N'der
not pictured: Sabar bass drums - Thiol (pronounced "choal" aka Lambe), has a closed bottom and simpler tuning setup, and Goron-yege has similar body as Thiol but set up for soloing with sturdier tensioning system.
Sabars
Drum Name Price 
N'der 450  
Mbëŋ-Mbëŋ
(Bal - $325-350 or Tungone - $300-325)
300 
to 350  
Goron-yege (Not available)
Thiol/Lambe 450  

Want more information on Sabar drums and drumming? Ask Pape, Baye Balla, or Thiane Diouf, our resident Wolof Griot Sabar/Tama master drummers!

 

Square Drum (Samba) Made in Yorubaland from sawed wood (not hand-carved) with either goat skin (two smaller sizes)or antelope skin, playable by hand or using sticks. Wedge-tuned.

 

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Square Drums
Size Price
  9" × 9"   45  
11" × 11" 60  

 

Talking Drum - Hourglass-shaped variable-pitch drum from the Yoruba region of Nigeria. These drums are used for entertaining guests at weddings and other ceremonies and ocassions. Goatskin heads, hardwood shell. Shoulder strap and curved stick are included. Click here to find out more about the different sizes of Talking drums and their respective roles.

 

Talking Drums, Nigerian (Yoruba)
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Size
Price
 
5 1/2" × 11"  
150.  
6" x 16"
225.
7" × 17"  
300.  
8" × 18"  
375.  
9" × 19"  
450.  
10" × 20"  
550.  
Igbaju & Soworo
(2 pcs.)      
120.  
Curved stick, small  
10.  
medium  
12.  
large  
14.  

 

Tama - This talking (variable-pitch) drum is from Senegal. Its Dimba wood shell is carved in an hourglass shape. A strong wound-cotton cord is used for changing pitch

The heads are lizard skin. A special small curved playing stick is included.

If played live, this drum sounds best mic'd and amplified; it has a wide, expressive tonal range.

 

Tamas (Talking Drums, Senegalese)
  Size Price  
Small 
5" × 11" 
165  
 Large
6" × 11"
 
200.   
 

 

Udu - Clay or metal pot drum with attached woven-grass ring base(clay type).

Udus come from the eastern

regions of Nigeria and are played alongside other eastern Nigerian drums like the Ekwe, Igba, Oyo and others. Click here for more information on these drums.

 

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Size Price
Large (15" × 21")  180. 
Extra paddle  12.

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