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.
djembeweaver wrote:Let's avoid exoticism and belief and stick to the facts: From what we see in the video, how can we be certain of one explanation over the other?
And James, I seriously doubt your conclusion that Abdoul needs this djembe being 200 years old.
He certainly wants to live in a world where the drum is 175 years old
You posted the video and put a somewhat sensational title on it, so you got what you wanted: some reaction.
but at least I didn't say "200 year old djembe" like the Youtube video
Seriously, James: (You could have taken a different title.) You can always have a closer look at the situation and listen carefully (who says what and why?) So you might come (maybe) to the same conclusion as some of us others: that some djembes can most probably get that old, but that this djembe definitely is not that old.
When I posted the video, I doubted the djembe was 175 years old, but based on my knowledge (and anyone else here too I believe), what can you do, but take Abdoul at his word?
Realistically, there is probably no way to know for sure. (Carbon dating, maybe?)
I have no doubt though that a djembe would last that long. Think about antique furniture that is centuries old and still in pristine condition. A djembe could easily last for hundreds of years too, if it is looked after.
Afoba wrote:There is nothing that's true of what Africans say. I know very well that this is not your point, but this is what Michel and Kid were saying more or less.
rachelnguyen wrote:They are not soft wood. They are definitely hardwood.
But how old is the tree when it is big enough to cut? I have no idea. My husband and I planted a silver maple about15 years ago that is nowhere near being big enough to make a nice drum, and that is a fast growing hardwood. Other trees, like beech, are much slower growing. I don't know what the growth rate of an African hardwood is. Great question!
djembeweaver wrote:According to this article average growth rate of afzelia africana is 0.393cm per annum.
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