Once you get a slit drum - you can try this lesson
My Cameroon version is different - probably more like
a tongue drum (it makes two distinct pitches when one
strikes the tongue cuts).
Find someone with wood working tools who is willing to
help. Get a block of hard wood (a 4" x 4" x 12" piece
would work for tongue drum). Hollow out the back side
- leaving about 1/2 to 3/4" of wood across top). Cut
slits in top (I can diagram mine if you are
interested). I imagine you could make one by
assembling separate pieces of wood, too. (Mine is
carved from one block of wood).
Students could make gourd shakers (Africa) - those
would be authentic. They can use beads or even buttons
on the outside. They use all sorts of stuff in Africa.
They are called shekere or axatse in Africa (West
Africa mainly). If you will use it, I have a large
gourd I could send to you (you would have to pay
The tells you how to make an authentic slit drum and
djembe (West African)
Thumb Drums from Africa (or thumb piano) are easy to
find - and relatively inexpenisve. I got mine froom
Ten Thousand Villages (Congo or Kenya?).
This site has many authentic drums:
Check Crizmac and Ten Thousands Villages first though
- you'll save a lot of money. My Cameroon tongue drum
was only $32.00 (on sale). Lark in the Morning has
them for $99 and up.
Hope this helps Fran...AND I HOPE YOU WILL "PAY IF
FORWARD" BY SHARING BACK WITH US WHAT YOU DO. (oops -
pardon the all caps - my cat just did that - but I
left it that way on purpose). Too many expect me to do
this for them and they feel no obligation to share
back. You just happened to "earn" my help today as
this is one of my "passions" - Get the meaning behind
the drums in there, too.