The best djembe you can find

Hey there djembe lover!

Would you love to play as great a djembe as possible?

The quality of your djembe has a BIG impact on the percieved quality of your playing.

Sure it’s possible to get good sounds out of nearly any djembe, but when you are playing with other people it can be hard to be heard if you can’t project your music easily.

If you have to exert yourself too much you get tired faster, and you can injure yourself trying to squeeze more volume out of the drum.

Each djembe has it’s own unique sound that comes from the combination of the wood, the carving inside the bowl, the skin, and how the skin is mounted.

As such there are many things to consider when buying a djembe, and without a doubt the wood that the djembe is made from is probably one of the most important considerations.

 

Introducing Awa djembes

I am happy to introduce Awa djembes, which are the line of djembes that grand master Mamady Keita chose to carry his name in his limited edition 40 piece djembe line (which is now sold out).

The premium Awa djembe range is made by the same people, and the quality of these djembes is guaranteed by such projects that have gone before, and the years of experience that Jeremy Tomasck has in djembe construction.

We have you covered with a guarantee of quality in line with the articles linked to above that spell out what you should be looking for in a djembe that will last you a life time.

You can hear Michi playing one of Jeremy’s djembes here:

…and Jeremy playing one here:
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Check out the latest Awa djembes, which are only available on djembefola.com

Don’t miss these introductory prices, upgrade your playing with a djembe you can be sure you will love for a very long time.

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James

Chimpanese use drum solos to communicate who and where they are

Biologists from the university of York, have been studying chimpanzee in the forest in Uganda. They have discovered that Male chimps use unique drum solos to communicate as the chimps are moving through the jungle. Just like djembe players, each chimp was shown to have it’s own trademark phrases that it repeats regularly, that are distinct from those of other chimps. The scientists were able to identify certain chimps by their phrases.

The chimps do this by beating tree roots with their feet. The lead psychologist behind the trial, Dr Katie Slocombe, who ran this study believes that it may provide some insight into the evolution of rhythm in humans. It does show that rhythmical ability isn’t unique to humans, and could perhaps indicate some possible cause of the why drumming may have started with our presumed common ancestors.

What is music but communication anyway, and without rhythm there can be no music anyway. Rhythm is the starting point, the basis and even to this day, the structure on which music is built. So I’m not too surprised, neither to discover music being used to communicate, nor that the scientists are surprised about this :)

Indeed none of this is news anyway, Chris Cunningham and Aphex twin showed us what monkeys can do with a drum kit years ago 😉

If you’re interested in reading more about these studies you can find more information here, and even deeper reading here.

What’s your take on this? Does it provoke any interesting thoughts or opinions?

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