Djembe aus Guinea
Djembe from Guinea

the Djembé (speak: Dschembee) is a kelchförmige, in former times with Antilopenhaut, today usually with goat skin covered drum, whose Korpus consists of a scooped out trunk.

Djembés exist in many sizes with heights of 15 to 70 cm and skin diameters to 45 cm. ThoseDjembé is fastened only with the hands, by changes of the hand position on the skin can be produced the different tone qualities (deep bass, middle open clay/tone and high Slap).

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Djembé aus Lenké-Holz
Djembé from Lenké wood

the DjembéMali, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire originally comes from the Schmieden ( Numuns) of the group of peoples of the Malinke in west Africa , in the today's national territory from Guinea. They were not only artists and form givers for metal but also for clay/tone and wood. The Numuns possessto scoop out and beschnitzen since age ago the necessary iron tools around the drum bodies. The original Djembé resembled still the African mortar, which served its form as model. The oldest used Klangholz is the Lenké wood. Later further good Klanghölzer came such as Mahagoni (Djala), Teak (Doda), Palisander(Gbeng) and afterwards also Iroko in addition. From the settlement area of the Malinké the Djembé spread into all continents.

Djembe aus Fiberglas mit Tragegurt
Djembe from fiber glass with stretcher belt

Ghana does not rank among the countries of origin of the Djembé. Here Djembés will satisfy as tourist products and around the demand for cheap instrumentspredominantly from extremely light, soft and fast growing Tweneboa wood manufactured. In the meantime also a great many Djembés in Asia, usually in inferior quality from bamboo and with a Korpus built up from two parts, are produced. These materials do not possess sufficient sound characteristics for a high-quality music instrument.

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the Djembé is used in the traditional African music both and solo and Begleitinstrument. In the African music ensemble she finds her most frequent employment together with the bass drums Dunumba, Sangban and Kenkeni.

clamping knot

the Djembe “is tuned” with a special clamping knot thatafter a simple rhythm and the Djembe is attached spiral rotates. Always two longitudinal cords next to one another with the bracing cable are pulled together and form over-crossed meshes again and again.

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