Paragon Bara Gourd Drum

The bara (BAH-rah, also bendre) is a gourd drum consisting of a large calabash, open on one end, and covered with goat skin. It does not produce bass notes, but has a strong characteristic, full low tone, and is capable of other sounds common to hand drums. Each bara is hand made in Mali using traditional methods. It is a large, thick calabash gourd, and is 15-17″ in diameter, 12-14″ in height, with an 9-10″ open playable surface.

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Product Description

The bara (BAH-rah, also bendre) is a gourd drum consisting of a large calabash, open on one end, and covered with goat skin. It does not produce bass notes, but has a strong characteristic, full low tone, and is capable of other sounds common to hand drums. Each bara is hand made in Mali using traditional methods, and features:

  • Large, thick calabash gourd, 15-17″ diameter, 12-14″ high, with 9-10″ open playable surface
  • Shaved goat skin mounted to gourd using stitching method – no metal tuning rings
  • Nylon rope verticals, used to add or decrease tension on the head, with extra rope for handle
  • Mellow, deep tonal sound quality, played with lighter technique than djembe or conga
  • Hand crafted in Mali using traditional methods and quality materials
  • Imported, African-made product from Africa Heartwood Project
  • The purchase of this product sustains livelihoods for cultural artisans in West Africa.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
BARM 16"x16"x13" The Bara is a gourd drum consisting of a large calabash, open on one end, and covered with goat skin. $150

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Africa Heartwood Drum & Dance Ensemble

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