Nobody really cares how old this djembe is and yet we are making a fuss. From what I can see in those posts it seems to have something to do with a basic approach to the world, taking things (or better:details) very seriously or with a grain of salt. And even though I have to disapprove the kids assumption of a scientific need to falsify people (its the assumptions a scientist prooves) I can see myself in the party of the "detailists". At least I don't wanna live in a fairy tail, even though I like good stories very, very much. But I need to know that it is a story. So that's why I take the time to participate in this funny conversation. I have a problem believing things which are presented as a fact while there is some serious doubt left.
And James, I seriously doubt your conclusion that Abdoul needs this djembe being 200 years old. You posted the video and put a somewhat sensational title on it, so you got what you wanted: some reaction. Tim could have been told about the age before, but he could have triggered the answer in the same manner before, or someone else could have. We cannot tell just from the video. But, as Daniel never gets tired to point out, its not in the typical manner of a person raised in West-Africa to estimate age, and for me this question has already been settled by onetree (thanks!):
I agree that it is unrealistic to get an exact age of these jenbes but I am willing to guess they are more 50-60 years old and I wouldn't be surprised if they were older. I have asked Abdoul how old they were years ago and he said they were his teacher's teacher's drums. He didn't give an estimate in years other than saying they were older than he is.
Me, I am searching mainly for knowledge on this forum, not for chit-chat. And even though I think Daniel's reaction was a bit harsh, I can understand that he is getting tired of all the myths and misunderstandings out there. For me as a teacher of African music, it is also tiresome to "disappoint" lots of students when they come to learn djembe with twisted exotic ideas about drumming and african music.
thanks for all the tears of laughter. hope you have fun with my post, too.