Talking Drums (Hudak)

Talking Drums (Hudak)

Historically, drumming served as a means of communication for tribes in Africa. Because of the distance involved between these communities, the ability to verbally communicate was limited and drums were used to convey location, welcome traveling tribes and even warn when warring tribes were approaching. Drums were also used during celebrations and festivals to mark the passing of seasons or other special events within the tribes.

In West Africa, the Yoruba population developed “talking drums” for festivals, celebrations, and as a way to carry “verbal” messages between tribes. Since African dialects rely on intonation to distinguish the meaning behind words, Talking Drums were able to mimic a conversation between people, quickly relaying messages and information between tribes. These drums were also used to enhance the legends told by tribal storytellers, and within these tribes, those that mastered the Talking Drums were held in high esteem.

  • Meinl African Talking Drum, Large Meinl African Talking Drum, Large

    Meinl

    Meinl African Talking Drum, Large

    MSRP: $85.00
    $69.99
    The Meinl African Talking Drums are carved into an hourglass shape from a solid piece of Mahogany wood, and decorated with a carved motif. Two hand-selected goatskin heads are spanned with high-quality nylon rope. Traditionally, the talking drum is...
    MSRP: $85.00
    $69.99
  • Meinl African Talking Drum, Medium Meinl African Talking Drum, Medium

    Meinl

    Meinl African Talking Drum, Medium

    MSRP: $85.00
    $49.99
    The Meinl African Talking Drums are carved into an hourglass shape from a solid piece of Mahogany wood, and decorated with a carved motif. Two hand-selected goatskin heads are spanned with high-quality nylon rope. Traditionally, the talking drum is...
    MSRP: $85.00
    $49.99
  • Hudak Deluxe Talking Drum 8x16 (w BEAL)

    Mid-East

    Hudak Deluxe Talking Drum 8x16 (w BEAL)

    $74.93
    Deluxe wooden two-headed "talking" drum with beater. Heads held in place by cords. Held under the arm, squeeze the cords to make the drum talk. Great Whaaa-Whaa sounds. 16 inch long, outside diameter of drum is 6 inches, playing surface around 5.5...
    $74.93
  • Toca Talking Drum with Beater, African Mask

    Toca

    Toca Talking Drum with Beater, African Mask

    MSRP: $99.00
    $57.99
    Note: This item requires additional processing time, typically 3-4 business days.   The Toca African Mask Talking Drum changes in pitch by squeezing and releasing the cords while playing. The durable synthetic shell is extremely lightweight and...
    MSRP: $99.00
    $57.99
  • Tycoon Percussion Talking Drum

    Tycoon Percussion

    Tycoon Percussion Talking Drum

    MSRP: $149.00
    $99.00
    Watch a video demonstration of this instrument: Tycoon Percussion's Talking Drum is constructed from a single piece of hardwood and is played by applying pressure to the ropes to change the pitch. Features Unique Percussion instrument of West...
    MSRP: $149.00
    $99.00