Paragon Heartwood Ivory Coast Bugarabu

This bugarabu is a fine example of expert carving and the unique, powerful sound the bugarabu is known for. Bugarabu sound quality is greatly determined by the quality of the skin, which on this drum is of optimal thickness, producing very deep, loud tones, slaps that bite through the air, and full bass. The quality of the wood is superior, with dark, seasoned Iroko wood, carved to uniform thickness and well seasoned. The Heartwood bugarabu from Ivory Coast comes in the sizes 9″x22″, 11″x24″, and 12-13″x25″.

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Product Description

This bugarabu is a fine example of expert carving and the unique, powerful sound the bugarabu is known for. Bugarabu sound quality is greatly determined by the quality of the skin, which on this drum is of optimal thickness, producing very deep, loud tones, slaps that bite through the air, and full bass. The quality of the wood is superior, with dark, seasoned Iroko wood, carved to uniform thickness and well seasoned. The Heartwood bugarabu from Ivory Coast features:

  • Small sized bowl: 9″ top OSD wood; ~22″ tall; ~7″ base OSD wood, 12-17 lbs (9″x22″ only).
  • Standard full size bowl: 12-13″ top OSD wood; ~25″ tall; ~9″ base OSD wood, 17-22 lbs (11″x24″ only).
  • Standard full size bowl: 11″ top OSD wood; ~24″ tall; ~8″ base OSD wood, 15-19 lbs (12-13″x25″ only).
  • Seasoned, solid wood treated with karite (shea butter) and adjusted to arid environment
  • All carved of hand picked Iroko wood, legally harvested and seasoned in Ivory Coast
  • Shell is carved to even thickness throughout, clean edges and surface
  • Thick Ivory Coast cow skin, shaved or with hair on, for that great, powerful sound
  • Bearing edge hand curved for playing comfort and sound quality
  • Ledge carved around belly for bottom ring All 1/4″ metal rings custom fitted, wrapped in black cloth
  • Drum comes pre-tuned, ready to play, with extra tuning rope
  • Woven rope handle installed for easier transport and to attach a strap
  • Evenly spaced red loops, 22-24, with thick nylon rope for verts
  • Actual drums will match the description buy may vary slightly from representative photos
  • The purchase of this product sustains livelihoods for cultural artisans in West Africa.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
ICB9 9"x22" Paragon Heartwood Ivory Coast Bugarabu 9"x22" $275
ICB11 11"x24" Paragon Heartwood Ivory Coast Bugarabu 11"x24" $300
ICB13 12-13"x25" Paragon Heartwood Ivory Coast Bugarabu 12-13"x25" $320

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