Hausa Talking Drum – Nigeria
The authentic kalangu, handmade in Nigeria. Thin, responsive goat skin and filled with rattling particles for added texture. It comes complete with shoulder strap and traditional wooden striker. See this instrument in action in our video below!
Approximate Dimensions: 45cm length x 20cm diameter
As these kalangu are hand made, dimensions may vary slightly.
The Hausa kalangu is an hourglass-shaped drum from Nigeria, made by the Hausa people. Its sound mimics human speech and can be very complex. Talking drums are uncommon in Australia, but they’re popular across Africa. This double-skinned instrument is held under one arm and played by the other with a curved stick. To adjust the pitch, squeeze the drum under the arm while playing. A skilled player can play many whole phrases by using advanced techniques.