The ngoma (n-go-mah) drum comes from the Congo and surrounding areas, and produces a sound similar to the conga or tumbadora drum. Our ngoma drums are hand-carved in West Africa from a solid, seasoned log of Mansonia wood, modeled after ngomas carved in the Congo. These ngomas will sound great as part of any Latin or Afro-Cuban ensemble, but are specially suited for traditional Congolese drumming. The ngoma is played standing with drum tilted, secured by a waist strap. The Ashiko-style ngoma has a straight taper from top to bottom, and will have 3 sound holes cut into the base, or can be left solid upon request. Each ngoma is covered by our satisfaction guarantee, and features:
- Average 13" playable surface, 42" tall
- Thick cow skin head gives it that powerful, warm tonal sound
- Straight tapered body from top to bottom
- Ledge carved for bottom ring to help keep it in place for even sound distribution
- Clear sealant applied to beautify wood and prevent cracking
- New black nylon rope, pre-stretched and comfortable to handle
- Rope handle makes transportation more convenient
- Cloth covered rings ensure long rope life
- Extra tuning rope included, easily tuned using the Mali weave technique
- After import from Africa, each instrument is cleaned, inspected, tuned, and played individually to check sound and quality.
- Hand crafted in Ghana by village cultural artisans supported by the non-profit Africa Heartwood Project .