The djembe is now one of the most popular African drums. It is tuned with rope and often has a goat or cow skin which is played by the hands. Some say the name of the djembe came from the Bambara people in Mali, who said “Anke dje, anke be”.┬áThe saying translates as “everyone gather together in peace”.

The djembe is always accompanied by 3 bass drums called Dunduns. The 3 different types of dundun are the Kenkeni, Sangban and Dundunba. When these 3 bass drums are played together, they create a melody over which the djembe can solo.

In West African culture, drumming is almost always accompanied by dancers! At a performance, the lead drummer will mark what the dancer is doing using the djembe, creating a unique and exciting spectacle for the audience.

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