Sakara Frame Drum

The sakara originally comes from Nigeria and is played using traditional frame hand drum technique. Our sakara are custom built for us using wood frames and wood tuning spears, which one can push further into the slot for a higher pitch. Available in three sizes: 8″x2″, 10″x2″, and 13″x2.5″.

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Product Description

The sakara originally comes from Nigeria and is played using traditional frame hand drum technique. By holding the drum in one hand and simultaneously muting and releasing the skin with the same hand, and striking the head with the other hand in various locations, the drummer is able to obtain many different sounds. Our sakara are custom built for us using wood frames and wood tuning spears, which one can push further into the slot for a higher pitch. Lower tuning is obtained by lightly rubbing a damp hand over the skin. Our high quality sakara frame drum features:

  • Hand crafted in Africa using traditional methods, imported direct
  • Solid wood frame wrapped with quality West African goat skin
  • Many tuning spears allow for custom pitch and sound
  • Average 8,10, or 12 inch diameter of playing surface
  • Wood playing stick included
  • The purchase of this product sustains livelihoods for cultural artisans in West Africa.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
SAK08 8" x 2" Sakara Frame Drum - Small $20
SAK10 10" x 2" Sakara Frame Drum - Medium $29
SAK13 13"x 2.5" Sakara Frame Drum - Large $50

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