These instruments have many different names including den-den daiko, monkey drums, pellet drums, lolly pop drums, and that drum from Karate Kid II to list just a few. This style of drum seems to originate from Asia which makes it interesting that both of these instruments were brought to me from Africa.
Aside from standing in the ocean practicing karate, I have yet to find a real use for these instruments but they are a lot of fun to play.
This first drum was a gift from a friend who went to South Africa.
This instruement was purchased in Ghana and brought back to me by a student. It has a much higher sound than the one from South Africa.