Djembe Construction eBook Give-Away

Hi folks,
for those of you who would like to learn how to build or re-skin a djembe, I’ve just finished a book:
Djembe Construction: A Comprehensive Guide cover image
I have five copies of the book to give away as a free download. If you are interested in getting a copy, all you need to do is send a short message to and go to the page on Facebook and like the post there about the give-away by 20 May 2012. James will randomly select five winners from the entries he receives.
In return, all I ask is that, once you have read the book, you post a review in the iTunes store and on (And no, I don’t expect a positive review, just an honest review.)
Finally, before you enter, you need an iPad to view the book. (I’m sorry, I would love to make the book available on other eReaders, but the technology isn’t there yet.) The book will be no good to you unless you have an iPad, or can ask a friend to download the book and let you view it on their iPad.

Author: Michi

Michi Henning is a djembe player and teacher in Brisbane, Australia. He is a frequent contributor to He got bitten by the djembe bug in early 2004 and, since then, has failed to get rid of it again. Consequently, he spends much of his life drumming, teaching, performing, building drums and drum stands, reading about drumming, listening to Malinke music, and generally obsessing about the djembe. In real life, when he isn't busy doing something djembe-related or planning his next trip to Africa, he is a computer scientist specializing in distributed computing.

8 thoughts on “Djembe Construction eBook Give-Away”

  1. Hi,

    I have a small world beat percussion store in Regina, Saskatchewan. I am always looking for new ways to increase interest in hand drumming, traditional, and creative percussion.
    As well, we often repair drums for people who have bought one and didn’t realize that it is an instrument that requires care, just like a guitar or any other instrument. Bringing djembes back to their original or good quality sound is always the challenge when replacing heads, choosing the skins, and and repairs. Anything that can give us insight is very welcome. Thank you for all your encouraging, enthusiastic, and high quality contributions to this field of hand drumming. Joanne, Boomtown Drums, Regina, SK.

  2. I would love to own a Djembe drum; but 1) don’t know where to look and 2) how to not be ripped off in a sale and 3) afraid in my ignorance I would not be able to keep it tuned properly. Use: just for my own emotional expression and enjoyment. Is there any practical help available for me?

  3. Hi Jess,

    You should check the djembe buying guide for what to look for when buying a djembe.

    You could also purchase from a reputable buyer, to avoid being ripped off.

    Keeping it in tune is really not that difficult and can be learn’t easily.

  4. @Jess:

    Jess, you should read what’s on to get an idea of reputable suppliers. James’s suggestion for the djembe buying guide is a good one. I would also recommend to join the forum.

    Tuning is not difficult. Someone in your drum circle or your teacher will be able to show you, or you can find tuning instructions online. I would recommend to check more than one of the videos and articles available; not all of them are good.

  5. I would buy your book, but restricting publication to people who own an iPad means I never will.

  6. About the iPad restriction: yes, I’m aware of how serious that is. However, the iPad at the moment is the only eReader that can handle video inside a book. Once the other platforms catch up, I’ll make the book available there. Hopefully, we’ll get an eReader on the PC eventually!

  7. Hi Tom, I have added you to our usual mailing list, as any developments such as that will be announced on this too…

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