bkidd wrote:(#4) I've never heard devil drum or anything about devil wood.
(#6) I've never heard of a genie that gifted the knowledge of making drums to the blacksmiths.
I've heard two things in relation to #5, both from Abdoul Doumbia: that lenke is "possessed" of an impish spirit, while dugura is a friendly spirit; also, Abdoul Doumbia told me a legend of how the djembe came to the people: a man was walking when he heard another man playing a drum whose sound was marvelous and novel. This was the first djembe, with which the first man became obsessed, and traded his son to the second man for the drum. The second man was the devil, and once he departed with the first man's son, the first man lamented greatly. But he had this awesome drum.
Fode Sissoko, who is from Senegal but lived in New Paltz, NY until recently, told us a very detailed story about a djinn who appeared to a king and gifted him the djembe, plus free lessons (taught him the entire repertoire in a night). The ba-da-bee-dee-ba international accompaniment part was the king's rendition of his wife's name (Fanta Kabila, or something like that--sadly, I forgot).