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Here is a Brazilian timbao drum. It sounds incredible! Loud, snappy highs like whacking a timbale and deep, booming lows. It's a huge drum that hangs suspended in front of the drummer with a harness...14" X 30"...and check out that purple sparkle!

The portable version (20"x10") ...in black sparkle.



This drum is called a Djun-Djun (African for 'boom-boom'). It is the bass drum which is traditionally used to accompany djembes. It has a thick, strong head on each end and can be played by hand or with sticks. It is about 26"x13" and carved from a heavy log. I tried hanging it around my neck once as they do in some African countries. I felt like a St. Bernard carrying a Dodge Caravan!



The big gourd with the seeds on the outside is an "Ishaka" which means "big gourd with the seeds on the outside" Mine is from Nigeria.

The iron double bell is from Ghana and is called "Gankoqui" (which means something equally un-pronouncable). It is used to lead very complex and wonderful polyrhythmic drumming.

The wooden sticks are "claves" (pronounced 'clah-vays'), which in South America means "Two wooden sticks you bang together"



This is called a Kalimba, or M'bira... unless you live in the USA ...then it's called a thumb piano. (We're such romantics, aren't we?) This one has a spruce top and sounds absolutely gorgeous!



This is an Ceremonial drum from Ghana. It's used in a wide range of ceremonies such as Pre-nuptual Agreement Banquets, Bar Mitvahs, tongue-piercings, and country line-dances. Notice the faces carved into the legs of the drum...The one on the left is my uncle 'Shorty' from Florida.



Here is a ceramic doumbek made in Pakistan by Mid-East Mfg. The picture doesn't do it justice. It is a very deep cobalt blue. The picture also fails to convey the weight of the drum. This one is pre-tuned with a fiberskin head... An incredible combination making this one of the best-sounding doumbeks I own.



The history of cajon drums is facinating. African slaves were not allowed to own drums. (It apparently made them sound too intelligent, cultured and organized.) Slaves in South America began drumming on codfish boxes with their hands in secret, giving birth to what we know today as cajon drums. "Cajon" meaning "Box you fill with music, not smelly fish."
This is my favorite cajon drum. It has two playing surfaces and can be played traditionally by sitting on it and playing the surface in front of you or with the two playing surfaces on either side of you.

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