African Djembe Drum 12" /' 30 cm Drum Head 24" / 60 cm Tall Tom Tom Bongo Senegal Various Designs
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Large Djembe Drum made by hand by the Master Drum Makers of Dakar, Senegal. Carved from Dugura Wood with a Goatskin Drum Head of 12" / 30cm. Height is approx 24" / 60cm Handcrafted using traditional West African techniques. These are the premier drums of the Djembe world and have a much heavier sound than Ghanaian & other drums. You will see that these are quite pretty drums, though they are much superior to "Tourist quality" drums offered which can look similar. We recommend these drums for anyone who is serious about Djembes and wants the sound of a professional. These are the choice drums of Djembe masters around the world. The drum you will receive is pictured. We have supplied the Culham School of Music, secondary schools, Djembe instructors and enthusiasts alike. "Anke dje, anke be" - according to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the Djembe comes from this saying, meaning "everyone gather together in piece" and defines the drums purpose. The Djembe can produce a wide variety of sounds, making it on of the most versatile drums. The drum is very loud & the Malinke people say a skilled drummer is one who "can make the Djembe talk" meaning that the player can tell an emotional story. The Djembe originated in West Africa, possible over 1000 years ago, in the Mali Empire which included parts of the modern-day countries of Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast & Burkina Faso.The drums were used at social occasions with the storyteller accomponied by drummers, singers & dancers. Songs told of great leaders or the prowess of hunters and the drum is still the main instrument of dance used at special occasions. The Djembe first came to the attention of a wider audiance when Les Ballets Africains toured Europe from 1952. Since then the Djembe has been used by many modern artists such as the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Paul Simon, U2 & Cirque du Soleil Most Djembes are still hand carved from tradtional woods and other Djembe-like instruments are made from fibreglass, however these are considered inferior and no professional player of note uses these instruments.