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

These Musical Instruments - West Africa 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.

Prices correct at time of writing - subject to change

Iron caller, 'Twin Singletone' (Ghana)

The aged texture of this twin caller by Joseph Aboagye results from skillfully shaped rust-less iron. Known as a dewuro-ta in some West African languages, the instrument is marked by its clear metallic tone, produced by striking the rod along the rim more...

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

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)

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...

Wood djembe drum, 'Abokobi' (Ghana)

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, 'African Star' (Ghana)

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)

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)

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)

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, 'Farming Rhythms' (Ghana)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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, 'Sword of Honor' (Ghana)

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, 'Think Together' (Ghana)

Daniel Asante carves an extraordinary djembe drum from tweneboa wood. He depicts solemn faces in high relief that gaze thoughtfully from the base. Illustrating a wise saying, its name Tikoro Nkoagyina is an Akan word meaning "two heads are better tha more...

Wood djembe drum, 'Ultimate' (Ghana)

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)

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 kpanlogo drum, 'Unity' (Ghana)

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)

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 tambora drum, 'African Warrior' (Ghana)

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...



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