Africa, the second largest of earth’s continents, has more than 50 countries which are home to innumerable tribes, ethnic and social groups all of which have different cultures and languages. Because of this, African history and culture were passed on through music and more specifically drums were used as a means of communication.

Traditional African musicians do not seek to combine sounds in a manner pleasing to the ear. Their aim is simply to express life in all of its aspects through the medium of sound. Musical games played by African children prepare them to participate in all areas of adult activity - including fishing, hunting, farming, grinding maize, attending weddings and funerals and dances.

Musical instruments from the African culture are listed below. Please also see the instrument categories on the left to explore additional African musical instruments.


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14 Inch Bendir with Snare
14 Inch Bendir with Snare
14 Inch Bendir with Snare. Rosewood construction with tunable goatskin. Sticks are not included. Made in Pakistan.
 
Base SKU:BDR4
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Ashiko African Drum, Large
Ashiko African Drum, Large
Ashiko African Drum, Large, 14 inch x 27 inch, rosewood engraved with floral design, rings and cord tuning for goatskin head, and natural hair on drum head rim. Made in Pakistan.
 
Base SKU:ASKL
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Ashiko African Drum, Medium
Ashiko African Drum, Medium
Ashiko African Drum, Medium, 12 inch x 24 inch, rosewood engraved with floral design, rings and cord tuning for goatskin head, and natural hair on drum head rim. Made in Pakistan.
 
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Ashiko African Drum, Small
Ashiko African Drum, Small
Ashiko African Drum, Small, 9 inch x 20 inch, rosewood engraved with floral design, rings and cord tuning for goatskin head, and natural hair on drum head rim. Made in Pakistan.
 
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Ashiko, 12"x22" Med., Mango, Dark
Ashiko, 12"x22" Med., Mango, Dark
Ashiko, 12"x22" Med., Mango, Dark 12"x22", solid mango wood, ring and cord tuning for goatskin head. Made in India.
 
Base SKU:ASMM-D
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Ashiko, 9"x20" Small, Mango, Light  9"x20", solid mango wood, ring and cord tuning for goatskin. Made in India
Ashiko, 9"x20" Small, Mango, Light
Ashiko, 9"x20" Small, Mango, Light 9"x20", solid mango wood, ring and cord tuning for goatskin. Made in India.
 
Base SKU:ASMS-L
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Bendir 12 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 12 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 12 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl. The new MEINL Bendirs feature four thin strings stretched across the inside of the True Feel synthetic head, which create the classic Bendir buzzing sound. The Bendirs are fully tunable and light in weight for long and comfortable playing. Features: Buzzing Effect; Internal lug tuning system; Thumb hole for a good balance and comfortable playing. Includes: Allen Wrench. Size: 12 inches x 4 inches. Material: True Feel Synthetic Head; Rubber Wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell.-Arg.). Color: African Brown. Finish: Matte.
 
Base SKU:MEI_FD12BE-TF
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Bendir 14 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 14 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 14 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl. The new MEINL Bendirs feature four thin strings stretched across the inside of the True Feel synthetic head, which create the classic Bendir buzzing sound. The Bendirs are fully tunable and light in weight for long and comfortable playing. Features: Buzzing Effect; Internal lug tuning system; Thumb hole for a good balance and comfortable playing. Includes: Allen Wrench. Size: 14 inches x 4 inches. Material: True Feel Synthetic Head; Rubber Wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell.-Arg.). Color: African Brown. Finish: Matte.
 
Base SKU:MEI_FD14BE-TF
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Bendir 16 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 16 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl
Bendir 16 Inch with True Feel Synthetic Head by Meinl. The new MEINL Bendirs feature four thin strings stretched across the inside of the True Feel synthetic head, which create the classic Bendir buzzing sound. The Bendirs are fully tunable and light in weight for long and comfortable playing. Features: Buzzing Effect; Internal lug tuning system; Thumb hole for a good balance and comfortable playing. Includes: Allen Wrench. Size: 16 inches x 4 inches. Material: True Feel Synthetic Head; Rubber Wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell.-Arg.). Color: African Brown. Finish: Matte.
 
Base SKU:MEI_FD16BE-TF
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Cabasa, Coconut, Colorful
Cabasa, Coconut, Colorful
Cabasa, Coconut, Colorful Beaded coconut. By twisting, the beads roll back and forth over the rough coconut and produce a great shoop shoop sound. Lower in pitch than wood and metal cabasa. Brightly colored handles add to the fun. Originally of african origin, they were constructed from dried oval- or pear-shaped gourds with beads strung on the outer surface. The player places his non-dominant hand on the beads, to provide pressure, while holding the handle with the other hand and twisting the instrument back and forth as per the rhythmic pattern desired. Made In India WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts - Not for children under 3 years.
 
Base SKU:KABAC
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Cabasa, Small Wooden with Metal Beads
Cabasa, Small Wooden with Metal Beads
Cabasa, Small Wooden with Metal Beads Wood wheel & steel beads. By twisting, the beads roll back and forth over the corrugated metal and produce a great shoop shoop sound, higher in pitch than the coconut Cabasa. Originally of african origin, they were constructed from dried oval- or pear-shaped gourds with beads strung on the outer surface. The player places his non-dominant hand on the beads, to provide pressure, while holding the handle with the other hand and twisting the instrument back and forth as per the rhythmic pattern desired. Made In India WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts - Not for children under 3 years.
 
Base SKU:KABS
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Caxixi Duas Cabaca, 4 1/4 inch Height
Caxixi Duas Cabaca, 4 1/4 inch Height
Small Double chambered Brazilian Caxixi 4.25 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide, each chamber is 1.75 inches in diameter at the base. Hand crafted to be the best sounding caxixi. Following the traditional construction, the base of each caxixi is cut from a dried gourd to give that surprisingly bright, sharp sound. The basketry is hand woven from thin reeds making a light weight, delicate looking instrument. Caxixi are essential if playing the berimbau, but widely applicable to any style of music. Shake the caxixi up and down against the gourd bottom for the high pitched sounds, or back and forth for a softer sound. Each size and shape has a unique sound. Made in Brazil.
 
Base SKU:CXC2
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Caxixi Tres Cabaca, 5 inch Height
Caxixi Tres Cabaca, 5 inch Height
Small Triple chambered Brazilian Caxixi 5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide, each chamber is 1.5 inches in diameter at the base. Hand crafted to be the best sounding caxixi. Following the traditional construction, the base of each caxixi is cut from a dried gourd to give that surprisingly bright, sharp sound. The basketry is hand woven from thin reeds making a light weight, delicate looking instrument. Caxixi are essential if playing the berimbau, but widely applicable to any style of music. Shake the caxixi up and down against the gourd bottom for the high pitched sounds, or back and forth for a softer sound. Each size and shape has a unique sound. Made in Brazil.
 
Base SKU:CXC3
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Caxixi Uma Cabaca, 4 inch Height
Caxixi Uma Cabaca, 4 inch Height
Small Single chambered Brazilian Caxixi 4 inches tall by 1.5 inches in diameter at the base. Hand crafted to be the best sounding caxixi. Following the traditional construction, the base of each caxixi is cut from a dried gourd to give that surprisingly bright, sharp sound. The basketry is hand woven from thin reeds making a light weight, delicate looking instrument. Caxixi are essential if playing the berimbau, but widely applicable to any style of music. Shake the caxixi up and down against the gourd bottom for the high pitched sounds, or back and forth for a softer sound. Each size and shape has a unique sound. Made in Brazil.
 
Base SKU:CXC1
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Cuica Drum
Cuica Drum
Cuica Drum. 8 inch x 10 1/2 inch frame drum. Nickeled brass with goatskin head. Made in Pakistan.
 
Base SKU:CUIC
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Cuica, 5 inches
Cuica, 5 inches
5in x 7in. Nickeled brass with goatskin head. The Cuica is also known as a puita, boi or onca. Cuica, in various forms, are found world-wide. However they are most closely associated with Brazilian Samba music. It is believed that the cuica was used in Africa as a call for the male lion since the sound mimics the roar of the female lioness.
 
Base SKU:CUIC5
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Djun-Djun 16 inch x 29 inch, Rosewood African Bass Drum
Djun-Djun 16 inch x 29 inch, Rosewood African Bass Drum
Djun-Djun 16 inch x 29 inch, Rosewood African Bass Drum. The stave constructed rosewood shell djun-djun african bass drum has two heads and ring and cord tuning. One head is smooth and one is of natural hair. Leather beater included. Made in Pakistan.
 
Base SKU:DJN6
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Djun-Djun African Bass Drum, 11 inch x 20 inch, Rosewood
Djun-Djun African Bass Drum, 11 inch x 20 inch, Rosewood
Djun-Djun African Bass Drum, 11 inch x 20 inch, Rosewood. The stave constructed rosewood djun-djun african bass drum shell has two heads and ring and cord tuning. One head is smooth and one is of natural hair. Leather beater included. Made in Pakistan.
 
Base SKU:DJN1
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Double Bell Wooden Agogo w/ Mallet
Double Bell Wooden Agogo w/ Mallet
Double Bell Wooden Agogo w/ Mallet The wooden agogo is a modern take on the African agogo bells. The wooden agogo features the addition of a ridged surface that is perfect for scraping, as well as striking, to allow you to make more types of sound. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts - Not for children under 3 years. Made In India
 
Base SKU:AGDG
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Hugh Tracey 8-Note Kalimba with Pickup, 8 Keys, Key of C The Hugh Tracey 8-Note Kalimba with Pickup comes tuned in the key of C, includes 1 octave. 8 Keys. Made of native African kiaat wood. The thicker soundboard and the longer sustain makes this a great kalimba for holding against resonant objects such as a bowl or a table for amplification. Includes a built in piezo-electric pickup and 1/4 inch jack. Plug this kalimba into a guitar amp, effects processor, PA system, or a direct box using a standard 1/4 inch guitar chord. Made in Africa
Hugh Tracey 8-Note Kalimba with Pickup, 8 Keys, Key of C
The Hugh Tracey 8-Note Kalimba with Pickup comes tuned in the key of C, includes 1 octave. 8 Keys. Made of native African kiaat wood. The thicker soundboard and the longer sustain makes this a great kalimba for holding against resonant objects such as a bowl or a table for amplification. Includes a built in piezo-electric pickup and 1/4 inch jack. Plug this kalimba into a guitar amp, effects processor, PA system, or a direct box using a standard 1/4 inch guitar chord. Made in Africa.

PLEASE NOTE SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS:Hugh Tracey kalimbas ship twice weekly directly from the U.S. distributor via USPS Priority Mail or USPS Express Mail. If you choose a different shipping carrier, your order will be on hold while we contact you about switching to Priority Mail or Express Mail. Priority Mail delivery is typically 3 - 4 days after it ships; Express Mail delivery is the day after it ships.

Listen to the Hugh Tracey 8-Note Kalimba Sound
 
Base SKU:HT_8NOTEAMIP
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