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Musical Instruments - Drums
Artisan Crafted Gifts and Decor From Around the World

These Musical Instruments - Drums are available from Novica who in association with National Geographic bring a whole range of handcrafted items from small scale crafts workshops, often run by a single craft worker in the developing world.

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Kpanlogo drum, 'Black and White Beat' (Ghana)
$74.99

Daniel Asante preserves Ewe musical traditions with a monochrome kpanlogo drum. It is carved by hand from tweneboa wood painted black and white. The drumhead is made from bull hide and held taught with cotton threads. The kpanlogo is a traditional dr more...


Kpanlogo drum, 'Spider Web Beat' (Ghana)
$242.99

Daniel Asante invites to experience African rhythms with the powerful beat of this kpanlogo drum. It is carved by hand from tweneboa wood featuring a painted spider's web. The drumhead is made from bull hide and held taught with red cotton threads. T more...


Mahogany jambe drum, 'Bagong the Son' (Indonesia)
$377.99

The warm grain of mahogany brings its beauty to this Balinese jambe or djembe drum. Khoirul Anam crafts a classic design that depicts Bagong, the youngest son of Semar, the most powerful deity of the wayang puppet theater. The instrument is crowned w more...


Mahogany jambe drum, 'Black Lizard' (Indonesia)
$332.99

Beautifully carved by hand, black lizards frolic in the tropics. Khoirul Anam crafts a classic Balinese jambe or djembe drum, sculpting the base from mahogany wood. The instrument is crowned with a white goatskin drumhead, attached with black and whi more...


Mahogany jambe drum, 'Gareng the Joker' (Indonesia)
$377.99

The warm grain of mahogany brings its beauty to this Balinese jambe or djembe drum. Khoirul Anam crafts a classic design that depicts Gareng, son of Semar, the most powerful deity of the wayang puppet theater. Gareng is a comic character who makes pu more...


Mahogany jambe drum, 'Gecko Beat' (Indonesia)
$377.99

Beautifully carved by hand, ocean waves roll across the base of this handsome drum. Above, geckos scamper amid ferns and flowers. Khoirul Anam crafts a classic Balinese jambe or djembe drum, sculpting the base from mahogany wood. The instrument is cr more...


Mahogany jambe drum, 'Jimbaran Beach' (Indonesia)
$377.99

Beautifully carved by hand, a surfer heads for the water, depicted on the base of this handsome drum. Above, palm trees rustle in the breeze at Jimbaran Beach. Khoirul Anam crafts a classic Balinese jambe or djembe drum, sculpting the base from mahog more...


Mahogany jambe drum, 'Momentum' (Indonesia)
$322.99

Drum beats pulsate in the Balinese night, their hypnotic rhythms inspiring a joyous dance. Khoirul Anam carves abstract images on the base of a beautiful jambe drum. The talented artisan-musician sculpts the sleek form of richly-grained mahogany wood more...


Mahogany jambe drum, 'Wayang Deity' (Indonesia)
$377.99

Black spots contrast with the warm grain of mahogany in this Balinese jambe or djembe drum. Khoirul Anam crafts a classic design that depicts Semar, the most powerful deity of the wayang puppet theater genre. The rotund god is the guardian spirit of more...


Wood ashiko drum, 'In The Wilderness' (Ghana)
$199.99

Colorful geometric motifs ring this ashiko drum by Samuel Coleman. Crafted by hand from tweneboa wood, the drum actually belongs to the djembe family and is tuned in the same way. Its goatskin head is firmly attached with cotton-covered iron rings an more...


Wood bougarabou drum, 'Movements' (Ghana)
$287.99

Scorched black tracery evokes the intricate allure of this bougarabou drum by Samuel Coleman, subtly enhanced by smooth bands of deep blue, red, and green. Bougarabou is onomatopoeia for the sound produced by the instrument. Carved from tweneboa wood more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Abokobi' (Ghana)
$134.99

A town in Ghana's greater Accra area gives its name to this handsome djembe. The drum is a favorite among the Ga community. Eric Darko sculpts the drum from tweneboa wood, depicting geometric motifs on the base. The goatskin head is affixed by nylon more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Adinkra Symbols' (Ghana)
$267.99

Designer Nana Adu Amankwapam I emblazons three Adinkra symbols on the sturdy stand of this djembe drum, to render it mystically fascinating. Hye-wonhye symbolizes imperishability and endurance, while sankofa signifies positive reversion and revival. more...


Wood djembe drum, 'African Elephant' (Ghana)
$117.99

Beautiful and sonorous, this djembe drum depicts an African elephant. It comes from Daniel Asante's skill and imagination. Carved by hand, the pachyderm holds the cup-shaped drum in its back. Hand-woven kente cloth surrounds it. The goatskin head is more...


Wood djembe drum, 'African Kente' (Ghana)
$104.99

Beautiful and sonorous, this djembe drum exalts the beauty of Africa's renowned kente cloth. It comes from Daniel Asante's skill and imagination. The goatskin head is affixed by iron rings wrapped in cotton, and a macrame cord can be slung over the s more...


Wood djembe drum, 'African Rhythm' (Ghana)
$342.99

Bold West African rhythms race around the smooth contours of tweneboa wood. Samuel Coleman crafts a handsome drum that he names Frekyiwa, or "rhythm bell" in the Akan language. He sculpts the drum from tweneboa wood, finished in mansion polish. The g more...


Wood djembe drum, 'African Star' (Ghana)
$334.99

In the Akan language, nsroma means "star," its warm glow sculpted on this djembe by Samuel Coleman. The drum originates in Benin, where it is used in traditional ceremonies and voodoo rituals. Coleman sculpts the drum from tweneboa wood, finished wit more...


Wood djembe drum, 'African Star' (Ghana)
$229.99

In the Akan language, nsroma means "star," its warm glow carved into this djembe by Eric Darko. The drum originates in Benin, where it is used in traditional ceremonies and voodoo rituals. Darko sculpts the drum from tweneboa wood, depicting a horn m more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Bakongo' (Ghana)
$189.99

Named for the Bakongo people of Zaire, this beautiful djembe is crafted by Ghana's Eric Darko. The drum originates in Benin, where it is used in traditional ceremonies and voodoo rituals. Darko sculpts the drum from tweneboa wood, depicting the Gye N more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Bi Nnka Bi' (Ghana)
$289.99

Wonderful authentic Djembe drum from Ghana by Joseph Kwadjo Aboagye. The instrument's lower rim is decorated with one of the most popular adinkra symbols, Bi Nnka Bi, which means "Bite not one another." It represents togetherness and community spirit more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Botanical Beat' (Ghana)
$194.99

The fascinating beats of the djembe drum call out in celebration in the name of Akwapim village. Nestled in Aburi, this village is famous for its botanical gardens, which inspire Ernestina Oppong Asante. Hewn from a block of tweneboa wood, this tradi more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Ceremonial Celebrations' (Ghana)
$169.99

Fusing his passion for music and his instinct for modern design, Samuel Coleman crafts a djembe drum of exquisite African elegance. The base is carved by hand of local tweneboa wood and features an unfurling flower accompanied by traditional patterns more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Colors of Africa' (Ghana)
$167.99

The colors of Africa appear in bright beads and hand-loomed kente cloth, conferring an extraordinary beauty on this djembe drum. Ernestina Oppong Asante carves the piece from tweneboa wood, adding brass inlays. Highly regarded in Ghana, Adinkra symbo more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Family Fiesta' (Ghana)
$97.99

Played in times of happiness and cheer, the djembe drum is an essential guest in ceremonies and festivals. Nana Adu Amankwapam I carves this handsome djembe to celebrate the loving bond that exists in an abusua (the Akan term for family). Carved of q more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Farming Rhythms' (Ghana)
$367.99

Robert K. Ghartey shares the magical allure of Ghana's musical traditions with this spectacular djembe drum. He carves it by hand from local tweneboa wood featuring the images of two farmers, one is carrying firewood and the other a hoe. Ghartey uses more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Fear None but God' (black) (Ghana)
$47.99

Decorative motifs appear in white, adding cheer to the darkness of tweneboah wood. They adorn a djembe drum by Ernestina Oppong Asante. The abstract motif at the base is Gye Nyame an Adinkra symbol highly regarded in Ghana; its rotating form means "I more...


Wood djembe drum, 'From the Past' (Ghana)
$79.99

Vibrant colors dance to the beat of this handcrafted djembe drum. Daniel Asante recreates the colorful patterns of Ghana's kente cotton cloths to host the goat hide drum head. This is held taught with cotton threads and iron rods. Djembes are among t more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Giraffe Beat' (Ghana)
$189.99

The musical traditions of West Africa inspire Salihu Ibrahim in the colorful design of this djembe drum. Its name comes from the Malian language meaning "come together." This is one of the few types of drums played throughout the different West Afric more...


Wood djembe drum, 'God is Supreme' (Ghana)
$329.99

Evoking a captivating visual rhythm, an Adinkra symbol from Ghana graces this djembe drum. Gye Nyame, an icon of special significance in the culture, literally translates as "I am afraid of none except God" and appears like a spiraling blade. Samuel more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Good Soul' (Ghana)
$104.99

Eric Darko finds inspiration in the thundering beat of the djembe when he designs this elegant drum. Originating in Benin, the djembe is widely used by the Ga and Ewe tribes of Ghana. Darko's original version is carved from tweneboa wood featuring go more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Good Soul' (Ghana)
$152.99

This djembe drum is set to evoke the magical rhythms of Africa. Samuel Coleman carves the piece of local tweneboa wood while the goatskin drumhead is held in place with iron rods. Nylon netting surrounds the drum and helps adjust the pitch. Coleman n more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Gye Nyame and Egyptian Woman' (Ghana)
$267.99

Imposing, this djembe drum by Ernestina Oppong possesses the power of ancient rhythms as two traditional Adinkra (Ghanaian symbols) are skillfully elaborated on a wooden base. Like a rotating blade appears Gye Nyame, translated as "I am afraid of non more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Infinite Love' (Ghana)
$327.99

The djembe awaits a willing musician. Electric currents of bold West African rhythms race around the smooth contours of tweneboa wood. Samuel Coleman crafts a handsome drum that he names Odo Ntoaso, "infinite love" in the Akan language. He sculpts th more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Kete Dancers' (Ghana)
$344.99

Crafted with artistic excellence, this authentic djembe drum blends sonorous beats with visual delight. Drums such as this one originate from Benin, where it is used to accompany voodoo rites. Samuel Coleman names this djembe Kete, in honor of the da more...


Wood djembe drum, 'King of the Forest' (Ghana)
$447.99

Robert K. Ghartey celebrates African musical traditions with this spectacular djembe drum. He carves it by hand from local tweneboa wood, which he decorates with the image of a proud lion overlooking his kingdom. Ghartey uses cotton twine for the upp more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Lattice Accent' (Ghana)
$279.99

Bands of latticed chip-carving beautifully adorn this djembe drum by Ernestina Oppong Assante. The djembe originates from West Africa - where it is used during voodoo rituals - but it has now been incorporated into the music of neighboring countries. more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Masks' (Ghana)
$292.99

Yeweni means "show your face," reflecting the alluring features carved into the base of this djembe drum. Using tweneboa wood, Samuel Coleman creates stunning percussion instruments empowered by the magic of West African design. Once the body is read more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Musicians' (Ghana)
$367.99

Ghana's legendary music traditions inspire Robert K. Ghartey, a drum player himself. He crafts an extraordinary djembe drum depicting a man playing the xylophone and another the donno drum. Ghartey uses cotton twine for the upper part, which includes more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Patience' (Ghana)
$269.99

The beat of this djembe drum is set to evoke the rhythmic legacy of Africa. Samuel Coleman carves the piece of local tweneboa wood, while the goatskin drumhead is held in place with iron rods. A nylon netting surrounds the drum and helps adjust the p more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Royal Messenger' (Ghana)
$114.99

Carved by hand on smooth tweneboa wood, geometric motifs adorn a beautiful djembe drum. Designer Nana Adu Amankwapam I names it Okyeame, Akan for "Spokesman." This title is usually conferred upon the king's personal messenger. The goatskin head is af more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Sword of Honor' (Ghana)
$257.99

Adorned with colorful hand-loomed kente cloth, this tweneboa wood drum designed by Nana Adu Amankwapam I is crafted by hand. The Adinkra symbol known as Akofena graces this beautiful djembe. It means "Sword of Honor." The imagery comes from crossed s more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Sword of Justice' (Ghana)
$104.99

Colors burst with every inviting beat of this extraordinary djembe drum. First used in Benin for voodoo rituals, djembe drums now enliven celebrations around the world. Ernestina Oppong Asante combines a passion for carving with music, resulting in a more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Ultimate' (Ghana)
$412.99

Robert K. Ghartey finds inspiration in Ghana’s musical and textile traditions for the elegant design of this djembe drum. It is carved by hand from tweneboa wood featuring the unique edwene asa patterns found in kente cloths. Meaning "ultimate," ed more...


Wood djembe drum, 'Wise Man' (Ghana)
$262.99

Ernestina Oppong infuses the acumen of Ghanaian culture into this handcrafted djembe drum. The moon and star form a duet known as Bosom na Nworaba, complemented by the nyansapow symbol, meaning "only a wise man can undo a wise knot." Traditionally a more...


Wood dondo drum, 'Northern Beat' (Ghana)
$159.99

Ernestina Oppong Asante presents this handcrafted dondo drum, its hourglass figure veiled in cords of fishermen's thread, strung tautly to tune the opposing goatskin drumheads. Various tribes in Ghana employ the dondo. It has an influential sound whe more...


Wood kpanlogo drum, 'Nanakasa' (Ghana)
$284.99

Graceful and beautiful, the kpanlogo drum is a revered element in the music and culture of the Ga tribe in Ghana's Greater Accra region, marking the rhythm for the traditional kpanlogo dance. However its characteristic deep, loud sound makes it a pop more...


Wood kpanlogo drum, 'Nyamedua' (Ghana)
$307.99

Richly-veined tweneboa wood showcases Ghanaian symbols, carved by hand. The merging symbols nyame dua signify worship and veneration. Hewn from a solid block of wood, this exquisite drum is as beautiful as it is sonorous. The kpanlogo drum is a rever more...


Wood kpanlogo drum, 'Unity' (Ghana)
$314.99

A dynamic design and richly-carved surface distinguish this handsome drum by Samuel Coleman. Its merging Ashanti biakuye symbols express unity and oneness. The kpanlogo drum is a revered element in the music and culture of the Ga tribe in Ghana's Gre more...


Wood mini-djembe drum, 'Gallant Authority' (Ghana)
$42.95

Abstract motifs unfold on the base of a mini-djembe drum by Ernestina Oppong Asante. Hewn from a block of tweneboa wood, this traditional percussion instrument is finished with mansion polish. The goatskin head is affixed by iron rings wrapped in cot more...


Wood mini-djembe drum, 'Revival' (Ghana)
$49.99

The Sankofa Anoma symbol graces this beautiful mini-djembe by Ernestina Oppong Asante. An Adinkra symbol communicating popular wisdom, it directs Africans to the roots and strengths of their beginnings and past. The bird turns its head and neck an al more...


Wood tamasa stick-drum, 'Sun God' (Peru)
$59.99

Reserved for joyous celebrations, the tamasa stick-drum emits a discreet beat as the ceramic pellets crash against the drumhead. Benito Tito crafts these drums from goatskin and tornillo wood. The drumheads are secured unto plastic rims, which Tito c more...


Wood tambora drum, 'African Warrior' (Ghana)
$182.99

A hollow tambora drum takes the shape of a man, eloquently carved from sese wood by Salihu Ibrahim. "This drum is used by the Dan tribe from Liberia," he says. It can be played from the small space where the sticks are placed or from the big space in more...


Wood tambora drum, 'Woman Warrior' (Ghana)
$169.99

A hollow tambora drum takes the shape of a woman, eloquently carved from sese wood by Salihu Ibrahim. "This drum is used by the Dan tribe from Liberia," he says. It can be played from the small space where the sticks are placed or from the big space more...

 

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