aiduenu wrote:Moreover you said 99.9% of Ghana Djembe are badly produced which tells me that you are wrong and you should not jump to a conclusion like that.
I admit there are irresponsible producers selling tourist djembe in Art center and some importer import directly from there ,But That doesn't mean all Ghanaian Djembe are rubbish.
I agree, it does not mean that all Ghanaian djembes are rubbish. Indeed, the two drums you show truly look nice, with good proportions. Obviously, I can't tell from a picture what they sound like but, from what is visible, that is good craftsmanship.
But, having been to Ghana twice, I can attest to the fact that I could not find any Ghanaian djembes that were on par with the ones from Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, or Ivory Coast. (And yes, I looked in a lot more places than just the Art Center.) For the majority of drums I saw, not only was the wood unsuitable (white Tweneboa), but the craftsmanship was poor as well (clumsy carving, badly matched rings, poor-quality rope).
Again, none of this means that all Ghanaian djembes are bad. But it does mean that my experience (and that of many other people) indicates that the vast majority of Ghanaian djembes are of poor or, at best, average quality, not comparable to the ones from the traditional countries.
Does this mean that Ghanaians can't make good djembes? No, it sure doesn't. A Ghanaian craftsman can be just as good as one from Burkina Faso or Mali. But there don't seem to be many of them around at the moment.
As to the wood, the only first-hand experience I have for Ghanaian djembes is white Tweneboa and that doesn't sound good at all, even with a well-carved and well-headed drum. As for Ghanaian djembes made of other types of wood, I can't relate first-hand experience. But, please recognize that, as long as something like 99% of all Ghanaian djembes are made from white Tweneboa, their bad reputation will endure, even if you happen to make djembes that are carved well and sound great.
It's similar with many of the Indonesian copies. Most are of poor craftsmanship, and all that I've seen are made out of unsuitable wood (medium-density Teak). Again, that doesn't mean that all Indonesian djembes are of poor quality. I just spent two weeks in Bali, and I saw quite a few locally-made djembes there with first-rate carving and rope and heading work. Truly nice drums, looking authentic in every detail, down to the spiral pattern for the carving. Very clean work indeed.
As to the sound, the only thing that is holding those Indonesian djembes back right now is the wood. As soon as someone opens up a source of suitable tropical hardwood in Indonesia (and I'm told that there are quite a few suitable species), watch out: Indonesian djembes could well be the next thing in getting killer sound from a djembe made outside of West Africa, and every bit as good as the real thing.
Finally, just because a djembe comes from Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, or Mali doesn't mean that it's a good djembe either. I've seen examples of poor carving and craftsmanship, and use of unsuitable woods from all of these countries. But, on the whole, if I buy a djembe from one of these countries today, I have probably an 80% or better chance of getting something that is decent. If I buy a djembe from Ghana today, I have probably less than a 3% percent chance of getting something that is decent.
Remember, it is the quality of all
the craftsmen of a country put together that determines the overall impression, not the quality of an individual maker. It's much like with cars: overall, German cars enjoy a good reputation for quality, even though there may be a few bad apples, and Italian cars have a poor reputation for quality, even though there are some truly outstanding ones.