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DJEMBE

Djembe drumAn ancient West African drum now taking the world by storm.


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Djembe History

Many centuries ago before West Africa was divided into various countries, the region was ruled by the Mandinka - the Mali Empire. The Djembe is their traditional drum. The drum was used to call the tribe together to hear the King speak, or to warn of an attack, to celebrate weddings, at funerals.
In all aspects of life the drum played a vital role.

With the onslaught on the West African coast by slave traders, millions of West Africans found themselves unwillingly transported to various foreign places, like North America; Jamaica, Cuba, West Indies, Brazil. But they took their songs and rhythms, which in turn gave birth to Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Rock and more..
  

Embraced by percussionists and beginners alike, the djembe's awesome power and versatility make it one of the world's most popular drums.

Rhythm
Djembe rhythms are usually combinations of 3 sounds, the bas, tone and slap.

Buying Tip: avoid imitation djembes made by drum manufacturing companies, they are rubbish.

  
Djembe drum, Ivory Coast


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