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Rhythm House Drums

African Djembe, Ashiko, Dunun and Custom Hand Drums

Your Source for Professional Quality Djembes

I believe that music is a universal code, one that bypasses language and communicates directly with our soul. Rhythm is the foundation of life. From the rhythm in your heart beat, to the rhythm of the daily grind...

Rhythm is Life.

african djembes
African Djembes
rhd original djembe
RHD Original
rhd pro series djembe
RHD Pro Series
custom djembe drums
Custom Djembe Drums
vegan or synthetic djembes
Vegan – Synthetic
djembe bags
Djembe Bags

I also believe that our society, and even economy as a whole, is cheapening. We all want more on the front, even if that means less, we all want a bargain. What this does is cheapen quality to accommodate quantity... so is it really a deal? On a deeper level it squeezes our infrastructure so that essentially everything has to be a bargain to be sold, and like bolding every word in a sentence, nothing stands out, nothing is a deal, it's just cheap.

My philosophies aside, I just happen to love percussion, building things with my hands, learning, growing, and most importantly I love quality. I push the limits of what I can build by learning as much as possible about my craft. What I offer is not just a drum, but an instrument built of passion, love, and respect for life, for rhythm. My goal with Rhythm House Drums is to not just build great drums, but to connect with positive energy doing something I love. Using local resources such as locally felled lumber, and designing my drums in a eco-friendly manner that drastically cuts waste from traditional methods gets me closer to living in my philosophy. Truth be told, I build drums for me -- they just happen to be kick ass works of art that sound fantastic... and oh yeah, they're for sale! - Owner of RHD - Kevin Brown


Rhythm House Drums is a company rooted in perfection of a craft - Hand Drums! Whether it be African Djembes, locally crafted, eco-friendly Djembe Drums, a custom Ashiko Drum, or a nice set of dunun, RHD is here to make only the best! We take great pride in not offering cheap, mass produced drums that can be found all over the Internet and in most music stores. We sell these instruments online and locally in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aside from our selection of percussion instruments, we also carry an excellent selection of goatskins, low stretch drum rope, steel rings, and any other component you may need to build up your own djembe.

Hand drums are not just something to beat on. For a lot of people, a hand drum is an extension of themselves; pulling mind, body, and spirit together in rhythm. We understand this and strive to make only the best, highest quality hand drums. From the hardwoods we select to the thickness of the goat skin, no detail is overlooked!


RHD Djembe Drums



Our RHD Djembe is a special djembe drum we build here in the US. There is no other djembe like it in the world and has become one of our best sellers as well as a sort of definition for what we do. Available in a variety of woods, and can always be customized, this djembe drum is eco-friendly, built local in Charlotte, NC, and has a huge traditional djembe sound. Like all of the instruments we build in our shop, these djembes are designed and built one at a time to insure quality.


RHD Ashikos



This XL Ashiko is one of our favorite and defines what an ashiko drum should be. There are too many ashiko builders out there selling some cone shaped wood with a skin on top and calling it an instrument. Sorry, we don't buy it! Check out our XL ashiko and you'll soon know why. We design all our ashiko drums from the ground up and do endless experiments and tests on sound and how the shape of each drum affects it. Many factors go into the voice of an ashiko, but because of it's cone shape and the hard projection that the ashiko has, the shape of the drum has a big impact on sound. You wont have to worry about quality when buying an ashiko drum from RHD!


Imported West African Djembes



Aside from building some of the most unique and best sounding djembe drums available, you'll find our selection of African Djembe Drums to be among the finest offered here in the US. We import most of our West African djembes direct from a fine group of craftsmen in Mali, Africa. These Mali styled djembes are some of the few that are up to our standard of djembe drum. There are lots of African drums in the US that were built for tourists out of light woods, and made quickly in order to sell cheap. The camp I get my Mali Djembe Drums from are artists, drummers, and love their craft. It shows with the consistency and quality of work.
Along with the djembes we import, Rhythm House Drums has also teamed up with DrumSkull Drums in California. They offer some crazy good and skillfully decorative shells. From time to time I'll pick through their selection a few top of the line shells, build them up here and mark them as DSD Certified. RHD is one of only a few authorized retailers for DrumSkull Drums. Click this image below to see a bit more about our partnership.

Rhythm House Drums is a smallish company just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina where the owner, Kevin Brown, enjoys his passion of drumming and drum building by sharing with you these excellent hand drums.

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