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Matahari African Djembe 12
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This model has been discontinued in the 12" size. We still have the Matahari 10" and Matahari 13.5" available. A similar alternative to the 12" model is Classic Pro 12" or the African Queen 12".

List Price: $339.00
Our Price: $199.00



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This drum is named Matahari (or Sun) to represent the warmth of a parent's love. The West African symbol carved into the drum is called The Leg of a Hen. It is a symbol of the ideal nature of parents, being both protective and corrective. A close translation is "The hen treads on her chicks, but she does not injure them." 1

The Matahari Pro African djembe drum is a professional level djembe that sounds absolutely fantastic and is built to perfection. Made with the utmost care and attention to detail this Pro African djembe drum is a hand-carved beauty that is not only stunning but a true work of art. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

We take great pride that our djembe drums are environmentally friendly. Each drum is made from legally harvested/Government inspected and certified Mahogany.


Please note that each drum is hand-carved, by master carvers, and sizes will tend to slightly fluctuate. No two drums are exactly alike which makes each one a unique work of art.

24" Tall x 12" Head, 35 sets of rope runners

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Need help tuning? Watch our video, How to Tune a Djembe.


  • Get full access to growing library of Djembe Lessons online
  • Every drum comes with a Djembe Care & Maintenance Guide
  • Legally Harvested, Environmentally Sustainable Mahogany wood
  • One-piece Mahogany solid shell construction
  • Shells are kiln dried with up to 20 coats of teak oil to protect and preserve wood
  • Government Certification Process
  • 24" Tall : Low Stretch Alpine Nylon HTB 5 mm, 35 rope runners
  • Natural, unbleached heads for authentic look and sound.
  • 3 ring system at the head for more stable tuning and elimination of skin slippage
  • Lathe turned for uniform thickness
  • Lateral groove/rough surfaced carvings on interior bowl to reduce overtones
  • Premium selected goatskin drumheads
  • Temperature controlled storage environment
  • Professional drum techs on staff ready to service your djembe
  • Become part of the magic of drumming

Not sure where to start? We have experienced drum techs on staff that are happy to walk you through our entire selection to find the best djembe for your needs.

Call us toll-free 1-800-771-9645.
Phone support hours are 8am - 9pm, New York Time, M-F.


Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
My New Djembe December 30, 2013
Reviewer: Kevin Harris from CA United States  
Awesome drum! It was delivered faster than expected and instantly impressed everyone who saw it. has a great bass tone and range while playing it. I am very happy with it and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Matahari Pro African Djembe 12" Head w/Bag July 1, 2011
Reviewer: Susan Demers of VOICE OF MY DRUM from South Hadley, MA United States  
This is a beautiful drum with a carving that has an interesting meaning to it.  The quality of the vertical roping, goatskin head, and mahogany shell gives this drum its rich, crisp sound.  X8 Drums provides a huge amount of helpful information in what to look for when buying a drum and I am suggesting X8 Drums to my students.  Thank you!  Susan Demers of VOICE OF MY DRUM

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