Djembes & Ashikos

The djembe was originally a rope tuned, goblet shaped drum with a skin head from West Africa. They are from 12-16 inches in diameter and 22*26 inches tall. The shell was traditionally carved from hardwood and the head was of... Show More >

The djembe was originally a rope tuned, goblet shaped drum with a skin head from West Africa. They are from 12-16 inches in diameter and 22*26 inches tall. The shell was traditionally carved from hardwood and the head was of untreated rawhide, usually goatskin. 

An ashiko is a similar, but the body shape is a truncated cone, rather than  a goblet. 

Many modern versions of these drums use fiberglass shells, artificial skins, and synthetic rope or hardware for tuning.

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