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African Instruments & Music

48" Mahogany Talking Drums

Swahili Modern


  • Standing at 4' tall, these Ghanaian talking drums are hand-carved from a single piece of mahogany, with goat leather stretched across the top.

    The talking drum is one of the oldest African instruments and was used to send messages to neighboring villages. Different sized drums could mimic the tone, rhythm, intonation, and stress of human speech. Today, talking drums are highly valued among musicians, including King Crimson, Tom Waits, Sikiru Adepoju, and Erykah Badu.

    Each 48" x 16" drum includes a traditional drum stick and is shipped on a pallet. Extra shipping is required.

  • Ghana is among Africa’s leading nations for the sustainable growth and harvesting of hardwoods for the furniture, musical instruments, and handicraft. With large, carefully managed wood plantations dedicated to producing for these high-volume industries, Ghana’s natural forests are now at a lowered risk of deforestation.

Vendor: Swahili Modern

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