The Djembe drum is an old communication device. This instrument is one of the oldest if not the oldest form of African communication. The drum was used to signal others from great distances, often in a network of drummers, relaying messages of urgency throughout the continent. When Africans were enslaved and brought to America, those that survived, were forbidden to make or use drums for their captors knew of its power in the hands of Africans. Our Mali drums are hand carved from a native hard wood that creates the best possible sound. The goat skin drum heads are perfectly fitted and the sound is truely EXCELLENT regardless of size! The small drums below range between 11 -12 inches in haight.