Wula Drum headed by legendary drummer Michael Markus has a dedicated team of drum builders in Guinea, West Africa. They work very hard every season to provide the highest-quality instruments using the best materials. Their djembes are sourced from the best hardwoods in Guinea: Lengue, Khadi, Acajou, Doukie, Koula Koula, as well as Melina Wood for their lighter drums.
The Special Piece is their top djembe model, made from the best wood selection of the season. Each Special Piece drum is a unique work of art, handcrafted and assembled by Wula Drum’s master carvers at their shop in Guinea. Wula Drum’s unique step design keeps rings snug for superb tuning, and helps to create the legendary Wula Drum sound. The Special Piece 2 (SP2) model features decoration on the full stem of the drum of a symbolic idea, or motif (e.g. Masks).
Wula Drum has created several different models, or class systems for the djembe. Each model has a unique style and characteristics, as well as an original decoration.
Every drum is different! It is their mission to provide a great drum for every drummer. It is their goal for everyone to understand the amount of work that goes into making each drum and how Wula Drum may differ from other companies.
Their carvings and quality are extraordinary and trend setting as well. I was blown away by the craftsmanship of the first Wula Drum I saw and I have always wanted one. Every Wula Drum I have ever seen has been fantastic!
One of my students in Thailand named Pongsiri got one in NYC and brought it back with him. We played and played it while I was there and it sounded as good as it looked.
There are some fantastic Wula drum demos of the great master drummer M”Bemba Bangoura on the Wula Drum page as well. M’bemba has been Michael’s main teacher for many, many years now.