I love the shape of Mali drums best of all. Guinea drums are beautiful, it's true, but there is something so wonderful and luscious about the big round bowl of a Mali drum. I especially love to see them naked, without ropes or skins or even rings... just the wooden shell in all it's sculptural, curvy beauty.
There, I said it. I hope to get some good photos of shells while I am in Mali. I'll post them here when I get back.