History of Drums

Djembe Drums: A brief History

The djembe is a skin-covered hand drum that is a traditional instrument of the people of West Africa.  Typically made from goat skin stretched taut around a hand carved wooden drum, the djembe is capable of producing a wide array of sounds.  From the high percussive slaps along the rim, to deep thumping blows in the center, the djembe, more than similar bongos or congas, fills a spectrum of rhythmic noises not typically found in a single drum.  It can be used as an accent to any acoustic ensemble, or be the driving force and backbone of any rhythm-based music.

 

Each drum is carved out of a single piece of hardwood, such as the Odum. The restorative wood is from trees purchased from mills, and also from private plantations that strictly follow The Lacey Act of 1900 (amended May 22, 2008 to protect a broader range of plants and plant products: Section 8204, Prevention of Illegal logging Practices). The drums we purchase are not made out of soft wood which is readily available on the tourist market (djembe drums carved out of softwood have been known to compromise on the explosive sound quality of the djembe).