Barry and World Percussion in 1999

Barry introduces World Percussion at Drummers World circa 1999

Barry introduces World Percussion Instruments at Drummers World circa 1999

When we started in 1979, the only world percussion drums in the stores were congas, bongos and other latin american gear. Any thing else was a rare oddity. A few Brazilian percussionsts started coming into the shop and after a while convinced me to buy pandieros and tamborims from them when they would return from Brazil. In the early 80’s a very nice gentleman came into Drummers World with a nice djembe drum from Burkina Faso and invited me up to his hotel room to show what other drums he had brought. Djembes were impossible to get and customers were looking for them. Needless to say, I was apprehensive, not knowing him, but a couple of drummers recommended he contact me and I trusted them. I show up at the hotel, knock on his door and am led into two full rooms full of djembes and art works from West Africa. I had never seen anything like it. He was using his hotel room as a showroom and I played one drum at a time choosing the best and most resonating drums I heard. They were all used drums. They had been played in ceremonies and concerts and all had markings. But, they sounded fantastic and I was hooked. After intense negotiating over price I bought 12 and got them to the store the next day. Within two weeks we sold them all. We developed a reputation specializing in world percussion and introduced many new instruments and toys to the playing public. This photo is a reflection of the many instruments we had in stock in 1999.

15 thoughts on “Barry and World Percussion in 1999

  1. An ubang by Steve wright, a darbuka, various toys, mallets.. still got most of it in Berlin. Kory G first brought me to 46th street, great store, great ambience.

  2. Thanks, Barry, for this walk down memory lane. You were such a big part of my life in the 80’s, something I’ll never forget and for which I’m always grateful. Marcia

  3. Hi Barry, it nice looking back at my favor percussion store in the world. I mean it!
    Just can not find a store like Drummer World miss ur guys . I pray for the best for you Barry, and everything goes well…


  4. Thanks, John. Glad to hear you are still playing and the bell didn’t let you down.Great hearing from you. Please stay in touch.

  5. Hello Barry,

    I miss talking you about percussion, and stopping once in the while
    in the store for new things like toys and different percussion.
    They will never be a store like yours. I remember buying my first
    bongo cowbell in 1982, and still use the same bell when I play this
    days. Thanks Barry for introducing me to the bell.


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