ÀKÚBÀ

(ah-ku-bah)

A set of highly tuned mini conga-like drums, made from very dense, heavy coconut wood, played with sticks and hands, usually suspended on metal stands. They are very often played as talking drums as well as rythmic accompaniment. *Also see OGIDO drums, which are made of lightweight wood and thinner skins.

These are are Igbo ldrums, adopted by the Efik, Urhobo and other Eastern regions of Nigeria (drum wood and names differ) and by the Yoruba in the west.

 

They are particularly famous for their featuring in Fela Kuti's Afrobeat of the 1970s / 1980s and the Highlife of Chief Osita Osadebe, Rex Lawson and Dr.Orlando Owoh, to name a few.

 

Check the links to hear the sound and playing styles:

 

 

Chief Udoh Essiet - ex Fela Kuti percussionist (from 03:45):

http://youtu.be/lXfGNUewixI

£250

BACK TO SHOP

£80

£90

£100

Dr. Orlando Owoh (from 08:10):

http://youtu.be/XO6DdjRd_SE

Chief Tony Odili 

https://youtu.be/lRsoYXHGgRc

£300

Small:

Medium:

Large:

Set of 3:

Set of 4:

quick demonstration by me:

https://youtu.be/nKOFkO3hMvo

Igbo event in UK (from 00:55):

https://youtu.be/wHwYVPy_zlM