Adondo or Talking Drums have many uses in African society. Drums are used through the life span of the African. During birth, initiation, and death the sound of the drum is present. They are made from various objects including calabash, gourds, wood, and bamboo. "Talking Drums" are widely used in Ghana, especially by the Ashantis. They send messages of happiness, sorrow, war etc. to other tribes through the beating of the drum. The Adondo is a Talking Drum because it can produce a wide range of pitches including high female sounds and low male sounds. There is a language that is spoken with these magical sounding drums. Wood with skin heads and leather thongs. Sizes vary. Usually about 11-12 inches tall. Comes with a special curved playing stick.