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Drum Classes every Tuesday & Thursday at Drumskulls!
Date: March 16, 2017
Weekly Djembe and Dunun Classes with Sahar K.
 
Starting in March, First class Thursday March 2nd.
 
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday
 
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
 
Cost of classes:
 
Drop in: $20
4 class package: $68
8 class package: $120
 
Classes are designed mainly for beginners and intermediates. 
Students will be learning all the djembe accompaniments, dunun parts, and history of the rhythms. 
 
The Djembe is a drum coming from the Mandingue region of West Africa, countries like Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. In class the student will learn the History, Culture and Traditions, Rhythms and Songs that are played on the Djembe, and another drum set called Dununs. The Djembe has various sounds and techniques, or sentence structures, which will help the student understand the language of the music played, and also develop the techniques of playing the Djembe with clear sounds. Drumming is a fun group activity that elevates the spirit and also therapeutic as it helps one reach a happy state of mind in a very short time.
 

 
Help support us with your vote!
Date: October 1, 2014

Mission Main St Grant

We are calling upon all of you to once again please help us get the votes that we need to qualify for this year's Chase Bank grant program.
 
As many of you know, we qualified for last year's grant program by getting the 250 Facebook votes that we needed back then (thanks to all of you!), but we unfortunately weren't one of the 12 small businesses that were chosen in 2013 to receive the grant. That was then and this is now. We're trying for it again!
 
This year, 20 unique small businesses will be chosen to receive a $150,000 grant. But for us to even be considered for it, we need to receive 250 votes again from Facebook users like you! That's just so that we can qualify.
 
Please click on the above image and give us your support by casting a vote for us! Voting ends on October 17. Also, please share this link with your friends on your Facebook page. As always, we greatly appreciate your love and support!
 

 
Free Stand With Extra Large Dununba
Date: February 28, 2014
Our one-of-a-kind Extra Large lightweight dununba now comes with a free dununba stand. These stands retail for $155, so this is steal!
Plus the drum has been discounted from its original price of $850 to a ridiculous sale price of $595 ... and now add the free stand, and this is truly a remarkable offer.

http://www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/22/Shop_Drumskull.php?ProdID=4918&MainID=4918


 
Mamady Wadaba CDs Available for Download
Date: January 22, 2014
Drumskulls now offers two CDs from Mamady  Wadaba as downloads: "Sabari" and "Oroko Kan." Mamady "Wadaba" Kourouma captures the pure essence of authentic traditional Malinke songs and djembe orchestration with these recordings.

 
New CD from Moussa Traore
Date: November 18, 2013
Malian master drummer Moussa Traore has just released a new CD titled "Mali Kan" and Drumskulls is proud to offer it.
Moussa is widely respected as one of the top djembe players in Mali and now lives. performs and teaches in the US.

Check out this brand new CD:

http://www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/22/Shop_Drumskull.php?ProdID=5018&MainID=5018

 
New Downloads Available
Date: October 22, 2013
Drumskull is proud to expand our selection of music downloads to include many of our top-selling djembe CDs including Aboudoul Doumbia's "Denbaya," Cameron Tummel's instructional CD "Fundamental Djembe," and both Mansa Camio CDs.
Some of the finest West African music can be downloaded or purchased on CD here at Drumskulls.

www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/21/Shop_Drumskull.php


 
New Music From Dr. Djo Bi
Date: October 23, 2013
Drumskulls is proud to offer a new download from Ivory Coast master drummer Dr. Djo Bi. The CD is titled "Topolan" and is filled with original compositions rooted in traditional West African drumming showcasing his incredible djembe technique.

Djo Bi Irie Simon (popularly known as Dr. Djo Bi) learned the traditional drumming of his Gouro ethnic group at the age of five, then learned the drumming not only of all 65 ethnic groups in Ivory Coast but also those of other West African nations. Being something of a child prodigy gave him the opportunity to join different troupes and travel widely.  After spending the early 1990s in France, teaching children West African drumming in a public-education program, Dr. Djo Bi moved to England to work on a government-funded project bringing the sunny sounds of West Africa to the gray streets of London. His reputation grew in Europe, and his peers christened him “the doctor” of drumming.  On this wave of success, Dr. Djo Bi came to the United States in 1997.


You can purchase the download here:
www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/22/Shop_Drumskull.php



 
New Djembe Shells from Guinea
Date: October 25, 2013
We have just posted a large selection of primo djembe shells from Guinea. Virtually all of these shells have rubber bottoms and have been sanded, and man, are they sweet! Lenke, hare, djalla and more wood options. We can custom build a djembe for you, or you can buy a shell and build thed rum yourself, but either way, you're not going to find better djembe shells anywhere.

Custom Line Djembes:
www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/21/Shop_Drumskull.php

Raw Djembe Shells:
www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/21/Shop_Drumskull.php

 
Thanks to the Voters!
Date: October 29, 2013
A big THANK YOU to all those who voted for Drumskull Drums. We are applying for a small business grant which requires a minimum of 250 votes to qualify for consideration ... and cleared the first hurdle with your help. Drumskull is honored to be part of the larger drum and dance community and we look forward to continue to play our role. Hopefully, we can be chosen as one of 12 businesses nationwide to get this grant and when we do, we can offer more djembe shells, goat skins, dunun shells, etc.

 
Head Covers Back In Stock
Date: November 18, 2013
For all those who have been waiting for the hard-top djembe head covers (aka "hats") to arrive back in stock, the day has arrived. We are flush with Drumskull brand head covers in colors ranging from black, blue, red, maroon and purple.

These are the ultimate protection for your djembe's head. Perfect for storing your drum or transporting your drum.

http://www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/22/Shop_Drumskull.php?ProdID=976&MainID=976

 
New Custom Sege Seges
Date: October 18, 2013
Drumskulls just restocked a HUGE array of custom sege seges including multiple color options, sizes, designs and materials. Also called ksink ksinks, these rattles attach to your djembe for a snare-type effect that will allow your djembe to stand out from a traditional West African drum ensemble with dununs and bass djembes.

www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/21/Shop_Drumskull.php


 
New Rope Colors Available
Date: October 17, 2013
We just received a shipment of new rope colors for djembe, dunun, ashiko or ngoma and other West African drums. Call or email for details.

 
Extra Large & Lightweight Dununba
Our lightweight dunun are well known for their ratio of quality to weight, but this one takes the cake! We have created a special extra large dununba measuring 24" x 27.5" yet only weighing 26 lbs ... and keeping with our standards, it sounds phenomenal. Djembe players will be in awe, West African drum ensembles will be blown away, and you will certainly be the only one in your drum circle with such a beast! 

www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/22/Shop_Drumskull.php


 
Layaway Available...

Sometimes the money isn't there but the perfect drum is!

DrumSkulls have always offered a layaway option however it is not something that we have previously advertised. For years we have suggested to our customers that if you see the item you want, you should act on it. We say this simply because we know, our items sell fast!

Given this, we are more than happy to work with our customers on a payment plan that works well for them. In order to lock in your item before it's gone, DrumSkulls ask for an advance payment of 1/2 down. Once an advance has been placed we will then further work out a plan for future payments. We handle each layaway on a case by case basis and do everything we can to make it a comfortable transaction for our customers.

For more information or to place a layaway order, please contact us direct. We are always happy to work with our customers given any situtaion. Believe me...we've been there!


 
Saturday Visits by Appointment
Date: June 4, 2013
 We are happy to announce that we will be opening our shop on Saturdays. Our general hours will be 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, but please call in advance to make an appointment as this schedule will be somewhat flexible. This is an excellent opportunity for those who work a standard Monday-Friday work schedule to come and try out our drums.
Call in advance, 831-429-5766


 
Date: January 3, 2012

DrumSkulls was happy to pair up with drumming phenom Eric Bli Bi Gore from Cote D'Ivoire, for a joint TV appearance that recently aired nationwide. This is a short segment from the show with Bli Bi showcasing one of our calf skin, Mali djembes. Bli Bi Gore is located in Penbroke Pine, FL and is available for classes, workshops and performances.


 
New Download From Sana Camara!
Date: May 13, 2013
The latest addition to our selection of download offerings is a new CD from Lansana Camara featuring his exceptional talent on the kora. Sana hails from Guinea and this CD features both great recording quality and a great performance.

 
In loving memory of Simbo Ahbuba
Date: October 7, 2011

I recently received the news that my good friend and first drum teacher Simbo Ahbuba has passed. This news comes to me with great sadness as Simbo has always served as a true inspiration to me, and played a great role in setting me on my path that culminated in DrumSkull Drums. In regards to my djembe studies, I can honestly say that no one ever kicked my ass so much as Simbo. I can equally say that no one has ever shown me so much respect and appreciation in my accomplishments as well. Very few that I have ever known lived with as much fire and passion as Bo, and very few that I know walked the edge quite in the way as he. He said what he wanted, he did what he wanted, and it was beautiful. Simbo was the guy you loved to hate or maybe hated to love, but you couldn't help but let him in your heart. Thanks for all the crazy and the relentless energy! You will be missed bro! RIP.

The following video truly highlights Simbo's artistic brilliance and his constant efforts to combine his African roots with his own, much respected American heritage.


-Ryan


 
Drumskull Gets a Visit From Drum! Magazine!
Date: March 22, 2011
Join DRUM! Magazines editorial director Andy Doerschuk on a tour of DrumSkull Drums, personally conducted by co-owner Ryan Bennett at the company’s headquarters in Santa Cruz, California.

Click below to view the video!



 
WHY WE DON'T LIKE TIRE TREAD BOTTOMS!
Date: September 8, 2010
  

Beware of tire tread bottoms. We've fixed a ton of these over the years. Unfortunately, due to the way they are mounted, these rubber bottoms tend to do more harm than good.

Consider the DrumSkull Alternative: 

No nails to crack, no seams to split.  Just long term, reliable protection for your drum.

 
PAST GUINEA SHIPMENT





 
NEW SOLID WOOD CONGAS WITH TRADITIONAL HARDWARE
Date: March 24, 2010
We are extremely proud to introduce our latest innovation;  DrumSkull Solid Wood Congas - Traditional Hardware Line!  For years we have worked diligently to design a conga series that is worthy of the DrumSkull name. True to our tradition, this new line of congas blends the best of old world and new world techniques, maintaining a unique look while keeping with our high standards for quality. This series has been in the pipeline for a long time now.

Follow this link for more info.




 
FADOUBA OULARE 1935 - 2010
Date: January 27, 2010

Today we learned of the passing of one of the world's greatest djembe masters; Fadouba Oulare. It is with heavy hearts that we relay this message. DrumSkulls would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Fadouba's family and to Fadouba himself as he journeys forward. He will be missed in the greatest way.

Fadouba is known world wide as possibly the single greatest historian of djembe music and culture. He has been extremely influential in the djembe movement in Guinea and has also become well know as a gracious teacher for students worldwide. The gifts that Fadouba has given to his culture and to us as students both directly and inadvertantly are immesurable. Thank you for the blessings of your music and for sharing with us your kind and generous spirit.

Donations to help support Fadouba's family can be made by contacting François Pradelle at  palapoula@hotmail.fr 



Fadouba is the first djembe player from Guinea to be recognized around the world. Fadouba Oulare was born in 1935 in Felaway, Guinea. At the age of seven, Fadouba began training on djembe with his father Youssouf Oulare. Fadouba grew up playing djembe for folklore and traditional Malinke ceremonies. In 1959, Keita Fodeba, from the ministry of culture, began working with Fadouba to start the first national drum and dance group, Les Ballet Africains. Fadouba was the first lead djembefola of the ballet. After a few years of international tours with the ballet, Fadouba was recruited to perform with the Military Ballet in 1961. He played with this ballet for 20 years. He then returned to his family in Faranah, Guinea where he settled in and began teaching students. Fadouba is survived by three wives, and 34 children.


 
NEW WIRELESS MIC SYSTEM FOR DJEMBE
Date: November 24, 2009
DrumSkulls now offers what we believe is the finest option available for amplifying your drum. Our new wireless mic system mounts to our special mounting strap and allows you to move freely while the audience hears a crystal clear signal of your drum through a PA system or amplifier. We've researched various mics and wireless systems and we feel this is the finest option available at the most reasonable price.

Follow this link for more info.




 
PREVIOUS MALI SHIPMENT
Date: November 1, 2009



 
NOW OFFERING BATA REPAIR
After numerous requests, we finally gave in....


 
PREVIOUS GUINEA SHIPMENT
Date: August 13, 2009





 
PREVIOUS MALI SHIPMENT
Date: July 28, 2009

 


 
CUSTOM DJEMBE METAL WORK!

Drumskull Drums is proud to announce our new partnership with Grant Gordon, founder of Djembekan Jewelry. As the sole retail outlet for Grant’s custom djembe metal work, DSD will now be offering these elaborate djembe decorations to the public! Grant’s work has been made famous due to the elaborate work he has done on Mamady Keita’s personal drums. Grant’s metal work is extremely original and highly sought after. These decorations have raised the bar of djembe customization.

Grant’s custom metal work is now available on our own specially selected line of DrumSkull djembes. This same service is available to our customers on any pre-owned djembe as well. These are available in gold or silver, with various shapes of studs and tacks including triangle or rectangle. All of these drums will also come with a rubber bottom, making the ultimate in djembe upgrades.

 


 
CHECK OUT THIS CUSTOM BUILD!


These beautiful drums are currently on tour with an Italian drum troupe somewhere in Italy. Enjoy them guys!


 
AN EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOM BUILD!


Check out our latest custom build! The shell was custom carved by our guys in Mali from one solid piece of lenke wood. This is a one-of-a-kind!


 
 
 
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Other Recomended Sites

Eric Charry - Djembe Article
Eric Charry has put together some of the best anthropological documentation on the history and music of West Africa. Here is a short excerpt from his writings. Check out his book Mande Music.


Abaraka Music
This site has been launched by some good friends of ours. They are dedicated to supporting some of the greatest artists of Guinea. We are proud to be a distributor of their products.


Rootsy Records
Rootsy Records was founded in 1999 by Jeremy Chevrier and Abdoulaye Diakite with the intention of recording and archiving traditional djembe music for the future.


Middle Path Media
MPM represents artists, musicians who are recognized as masters of their art at home and abroad. They personally travel the globe to places like Guinea and Mali in West Africa, and Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean to work with and document people in their homeland. This helps them convey as authentically as possible the cultures and circumstances in which these artists live and create. They work collaboratively with many of the artists, and together they create media that is accurate and informative as well as pleasing to the senses.



Our Friends

Capitola Design
Thanks to Troy and Kathleen at Capitola Design for building our website and constantly fielding our never ending questions!


Zulu Connection
Zulu Connection, one of USA's finest and most popular performing arts companies, was born in the capital of music and culture; New Orleans, Louisiana. Masters of the African form of stiltdancing and ancient mystical masquerades, Zulu Connection spellbinds its audiences with colorful and elaborate costumes, tremendous heights, extraordinary acrobatics and magnificent dance moves. The highly rhythmic music that accompanies each performance has been characterized as captivating and invigorating, pushing most audience members to get up and dance. In the course of a concert the program entertains, but educates as well on African customs, history, musical instruments, masquerades and legends, dispelling common held myths


AfroFlow
This is not Hip-hop music. This is not Rap music. We rush 2 call it 1 or the other every time some1 speaks rhythmically over a beat, even 4 1 second. Then the debate 2 distinguish real “Hip-hop? from “Rap? begins without end or collective agreement.


Spirit Drumz
Founded by Afia Walking Tree, Spirit Drumz utilizes drumz of the African Diaspora as essential tools for healing and liberation. Spirit Drumz fosters empowerment and activism through creative, expressive, performance arts and earth-based spirituality.


 

 
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