Ashikos are conical shaped drums with cord fastening and tuning. They originate in West Africa and are played in groups that create intricate polyrhythms. Ashikos (pictured here) come in various sizes and woods.
The conguita can be played alone or with the requinto. It has a low bass sound. Size: 10" X 24".
The requinto, a small conga drum originally from the Caribbean coast of
Panama, is conical shaped and fashioned of assembled pine or hardwood staves.
The head is fastened with durable selected nylon cord lacing which allows
for tuning. This drum is played with both hands by striking the calf-hide
head. The requinto can be played alone, or with the bigger conguita drum.
Size: 8" X 24".
Hoop drums are found all over the world, and are shared by many cultures.
Ours are inspired by the native instrument makers of Turtle Island, the
ancient lands now called North and Central America. They are perfect for
single or group drumming, or for accompanying another instrument. Light weight,
the body is made of first-grade, 8-ply maple covered with elk, deer or goat
hides. Natural rawhide heads respond to changes in their environment and
should only be played when the heads are tense and dry. A padded mallet is
Sizes: 8" X 2.5", 10" X 3", 12" X 3", 14" X 3", 16" X 3", and 18" X 3", and up to 36" diameter.
Sound is produced on friction drums by rubbing a damp cloth on the stick
attached to the head, inside or outside, of the drum. At 10" X 18", the
FURRUCO (foo-ROO-koh) is the largest friction drum we make, producing a
rumbling bass sound. The smaller CUICA (koo-I-kah) is made of a gourd ranging
from 2" to 6" wide, to 4" to 8" tall. Various playing techniques allow
you to create rhythmic patterns or voice imitation. the cuica was originally
used as a hunting call for the female jaguar in the dense rainforests of
Mesoamerica. Friction drums were also used by roving musical ensembles
of the Middle Ages, and today are widely utilized in Brazilian samba music.
The huehuetl is a preconquest drum played by the Mayan and Aztec cultures
of Central America. Unfortunately, many of its ancient playing styles
have been lost as a result of European colonization. Our huehuetls are
uniquely shaped and designed to follow the natural inclinations of the
wood. They are made from hollowed logs of various hard woods. Deer or elk
hides are streched and mounted on one end of the drum, and legs are carved
for support on the other end. The huehuetl can be played with the hands,
Size: Varies depending on the wood, commonly 12" X 24".
The teponaztle is a log drum played by the Mayan and Aztec people of Old
Mexico before the European conquest. Their ancient playing style, which
combines sounds from two or more tongues cut into the drum body, was lost
in the 16th century. Today, the original playing techniques are utilized
by traditional Mexican dance groups. Our teponaztles vary in size and design,
according to the natural shape of the wood. Some sculpted animal forms are
also available. The drum is played by striking the tongues on top of the
instrument with rubber tipped mallets. By combining the sound patterns, the
player can create intricate and endless rhythms. A pair of mallets are included
Size: Varies, most common 7" X 20"
Djembes are modeled after the famous drums of the Ivory Coast region of
Africa. They have an hour glass shaped body made of assembled wood staves
and are laced in traditional fashion with nylon cord to the highest tension
possible. Their playing technique is vigorous and demanding. An advanced
player can obtain several tone qualities with a few stroke variations.
Our djembes are considerably lighter than the traditional drums, making
them easier to carry. The drums are made of pine or hard wood and are covered
Size: 7" X 14" and 11" X 23".
Instruments Other Than Drums
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