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About the Djembe

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What is a djembe?

A djembe is a mushroom shaped African drum that is known for it's wide range of tones.  Djembes are known to have deep bass sounds, high open tones, and powerful slaps.  Djembes come in a variety of shell and head sizes.

Who uses the djembe?

The djembe has been traditionally used by African percussionists, music groups and dance assembles.  And in the past 10-20 years the djembe has become a true global percussion instrument.  It is commonly used by Afro-Cuban, Rock 'n Roll and Blues bands; as well as drum and dance groups throughout the world.  It is used in virtually every nation.  Plus, the djembe's versatility and great range of tones has made it, quite possibly, the most common instrument for drum circles.

Where is the djembe from?

The djembe originated in West Africa.  The Manding people of the early Mali empire are typically given credit for making the first djembes.

How do you pronounce the word djembe

Djembe is pronounced "gem-bay".

 

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