In Uganda, there are a lot of roadside merchants. They hawk all kinds of locally-grown food and handmade wares. Of the non-food items, there is a rich variety of items including: loofas, three-legged stools, furniture, and drums.
Ugandans love to sing, dance, and perform, particularly the children. Critical to these dance recitals is background music, which is usually provided by a variety of locally-made drums.
On my recent trip to Africa (Jan 2014), we decided to purchase drums for general distribution at the schools that we visit. We stopped by a small shop on a major highway south of Kampala.
Many of the drums are made on site.
The nice thing about buying drums in Africa is: (1) you buy straight from the maker; (2) all the money stays in country; and (3) the school kids love them (and so do the adults).
Note: If anyone would like to contribute to my African drum project, you can do so by sending a check to SeeeMe. Your contribution is tax deductible. Please note on your check that it is for drums. If anyone would like a Ugandan drum, please contact me and I will see what I can do.
Credit: The above photographs were taken by Stacey Smith and Michael Flynn, fellow travelers.