Djembe drum

Originating in West Africa the Djembe drum is carved from wood into a goblet shape and then covered in cow skin and tuned. In Senegal in particular the wood is carved by someone of the Laobe tribe and then skinned and tuned by the Ngeuwel or griot. It is played with bare hands using three sound qualities ‘slap’, ‘tone’, ‘bass’ and is an integral part in the culture and lives of many African Peoples. The Djembe is said to carry the spirit of the tree from which it is carved, the spirit of the animal of which the drum head is made, and the spirit of the makers.


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