Thanks for the correction guys: macho/hembra - I only skimmed the posts and got it backwards I guess
Speaking of Middle Eastern drums and goatskin, I recently bought a remo dohola [bass darbuka] and just wasn't loving the sound of the skyndeep head. I have skyndeep on two of my other darbukas - including another size remo, and I love the sound on those.
So I took a chance on a pre-mounted goat skin that was on sale from Mid-East music and it vastly improved the sound of that particular drum.
They are another source BTW for skins:http://www.mid-east.com/Natural-Skins