This is a very traditional drum which is widely used across the whole of West Africa. It is traditionally played with a stick. It is tuned by knocking the pegs deeper into the drum. It has a lovely distinctive sound.
The kpanologo has a 10" or 26 cm head, and a 24" or 62 cm body.
They are fair trade and hand made in Ghana by professional African musicians.
They have been made to be played, for beautiful sound.
The drum body is made from African Cedar ( called Tweneboa ). This is a fast growing tree. All our wood is obtained under license from the forestry commission in Ghana. Using this wood is less damaging for the environment than hardwood or fiberglass drums. The head is made from goat skins, and we use rope to tune the drum.
These drums can be tuned to accommodate our changeable weather.
The drums are reasonably light, much lighter than hardwood drums. They are easily carried and very manageable, so are particularly suited to schools and workshop leaders.