Since 1995, Jamtown is an industry leader in fair trade ethnic percussion and wind instruments, including drums, scrapers, shakers, and rattles. Their prized instruments expose children to music of different cultures, teaching them about rhythm, and help develop fine motor skills and ears that pick-up musicality more readily. Each handmade, authentic instrument comes directly from artisans across the globe, including Ghana, Peru, and Bolivia. Together with these artists and with the help of cooperatives and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's), Jamtown ensures their instruments meet fair trade and fair wage standards.
The company's conception came by Jamtown John, who after serving on the Fair Trade Federation board, created two instruments awarded by Parents' Choice products. Since then, their products have become recognized for their ability to inspire musical learning by encouraging young players, especially children, to dance and discover a new beat. Every Jamtown instrument sits comfortably in small hands and is available individually or in packages for group fun.