What Is the Djembe?

Learn about the djembe from the musicians at Wula Drum in this Howcast video.

Speaker 1: Today we want to give you an overview of the Djembe. The djembe is a very popular drum from Africa. It has a goat skin on the top. It’s made out of a big piece of wood, one solid piece of wood, and it has rope to keep it tight and to control the tuning. It has three sounds: bass, tone, slap, which is low, medium, high. In the djembe music, one person plays accompaniment (a repetitive pattern), and one person plays the solo. But first, Bemba is going to tell us more about why people play djembe.

Speaker 2: Yeah, people play djembe for the celebrations, for the happy dance, for the wedding, for coming together. The djembe comes from Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. Those are the countries where they play the most djembe. Sometimes people play djembe for people coming together. It’s different tribes and contemporary, people in the village, they play the djembe for coming together.

Speaker 1: Let’s play some!

It makes people happy.

Speaker 2: Yeah, yeah.

Speaker 3: That is the overview of the djembe drum.