West African Goat Skin Djembe Drum Head - Standard Thickness, HAIR ON - from Africa Heartwood Project

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Africa Heartwood Project
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Product Overview

The standard thickness goat skin is suitable for most small and standard size djembes, up to 15" in playable surface diameter. The skins tend to be 21" wide by about 26-28" long, and are shipped rolled up like a scroll and taped (the tape is easily removed without damaging the skin). When installed and tuned properly this high quality African goat skin is capable of providing the classic djembe sound with low bass, medium tones, and high, clear slaps. Each skin is selected from our on-hand inventory of hair-on goat hides from Mali, West Africa, is and inspected for natural flaws or defects that could affect sound or longevity of the skin. Natural flaws will exist around the perimeter, and the skin may have a natural goat hide odor, especially when wet. After installation and drying any strong odor almost always dissipates. Hair color and skin pigmentation vary, with the majority of top layer skin pigment being greyish-brown (shave deeper for lighter skin color). Note that this is not a tanned goat skin; it is raw, directly from the animal skin markets in Bamako, Mali. It is intended for use as a djembe head replacement, and will require skill to install onto the drum. Skin Warranty: Before shipping each skin is inspected for natural flaws that may affect longevity or sound, and we will accept returns of new skins if a natural blemish is found upon arrival. Because the shaving, soaking, mounting, drying, and tuning processes ares subject to the skill of the drum builder, and to the natural strength of the skin, we cannot warranty skins once they have been soaked or shaved. (World Percussion USA is the ONLY authorized seller of Africa Heartwood Project instruments on this marketplace. All other sellers claiming above to also sell this item as described are not honest sellers, so proceed with caution.)
  • Suitable for all goat-skin drums and djembes up to 15" playable surface (21" wide x 26" long)
  • Hair left on the skin, which requires shaving to produce the proper djembe sound
  • From Mali, West Africa - raw and natural with no chemical treatment or bleach (not leather)
  • Most skin pigments are light greyish-brown, will have minor blemishes around the edges
  • Your purchase of this goat skin helps support the efforts of Africa Heartwood Project

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  • 5
    Top notch quality

    Posted by Sterling Stires on Mar 9th 2022

    I have ordered 5 or 6 skins this past year, and each one has been very high quality and they sound great. I also like the fact I am supporting villages in west Africa by buying from Djembe Direct. The customer service is really good, too.

  • 5
    Goatskin (unshaved)

    Posted by David Patten on Jan 13th 2022

    Skin covered 14” with extra skin for a cuff. I liked the sound of my djembe after using the goatskin.

  • 4
    un-shaved Goat skin

    Posted by David Patten on Dec 15th 2021

    The goatskin I received was sufficient. The skin was large enough to cover my drumhead. The skin was thicker than I’d hoped for, and it was a stinky male goat skin. I would have preferred having a choice between either a male vs female goat skin.

  • 5
    Top notch quality

    Posted by Sterling on Nov 10th 2021

    Every time I order a skin from Djembe Direct, I am impressed with the quality and performance of the skins. I will continue to order from this company

  • 5

    Posted by harlan b judd on Dec 6th 2020

    Totally awesome, i plan to send photo..on drum!!
    Much thanks!!!