Isla bata drums are now available in mahogany and ziricote. Mahogany was the wood of choice for the original Afro-Cuban instruments and Isla is proud to offer bata drums made from this wood for a truly authentic sound available nowhere else.
Isla bata are made from carved staves which are glued together to form a single drum. Isla bata are not two drums fastened together. The shape of an Isla bata is taken directly from the Pablo Roche lineage of bata drums, whose dimensions and specifications were painstakingly recorded in Cuba for the purpose of reproduction. Isla's mission is to offer the most authentic aberikula bata drums for a truly authentic sound.
Isla is also offering ziricote bata, made from the prized tone wood ziricote which is not only beautiful in appearance but also sound. These bata have the same true and authentic Cuban sound that Isla Percussions drums are known for and Isla is proud to offer them as one of the two new woods available at our new location in Belize. Handmade by Musicians and for Musicians.
Not only is Isla the sole bata maker to offer mahogany and ziricote bata, Isla is also the only drum maker to offer skins tanned in house intended solely for bata drums. Skins are the important second half of any drum. Isla is a company of musicians and applies passion for music and musical experience towards the choice and development of skins. This is the embodiment of the meaning behind Isla's motto; "by Musicians and for Musicians."
Ziricote wood is an option for bata when ziricote wood supplies are available. All hardware is stainless steel. See our price list for more information.