Here are just a few of occasions where DrumSkull Drums received some press coverage.


DRUM! Magazine: Djembes & Rope-Tuned Congas

"For the serious student or professional percussionist, these drums are hard to beat."

"If you are looking for an authentic African instrument, we recommend visiting DrumSkull Drums for the highest quality djembe drums available... They stand behind their drums with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and provide exceptional customer service. DrumSkulls have been sought out by professional musicians and hobbyists throughout the world, and continue to impress with the superior quality of their workmanship... Here at Djembe Review, we know how important it is for you to find the right djembe the first time, and with DrumSkull Drums you just can't go wrong!"


"DRUM!" Magazine / Drumskull Drums: Art In Action

"It's all about the art at Drumskull Drums in Santa Cruz, California. Co-owners Matt Hardwick, Ryan Bennett and Kevin Walsh run the small manufacturer of custom djembes. They are dedicated students of West African and Congolese drum and dance, and regulars on the African drumming scene in northern California. They are inspired by the great drumming masters and teachers of Africa to create drums that are meticulously faithful to African traditions while standing up to the demands of modern players.

Drumskull drums are built entirely by hand in their well-organized Santa Cruz shop, which is stacked with shells in various stages of carving and finishing. In addition to djembes they also make some Ashiko drums (conical drums, constructed of staves) Dununs (sets of three drums that provide rhythm for djembe ensembles), Balafons (native marimbas) and other instruments. But their main business is building djembes to customer specifications and their drums are widely acknowledged as among the very best handmade drums of any type. If you want one they start at $565 and frequently are back-ordered, but worth the wait."