- Tough and strong - ideal for the classroom
- Natural goatskin head with pre-stretched nylon rope tuning
- Superior third metal ring system to stop the skin from slipping
- Each drum is decorated with individual hand-painted design
PERCUSSION WORKSHOP DJEMBES
A 5" head makes this the smallest member of our popular range of West African style drums. Percussion Workshop djembes are made using Indonesian mahogany from SVLK compliant sources. This system ensures the wood is legally logged, transported, traded, and processed, and was initiated to answer the global need to be more responsible with the world's natural resources. Each drum is sustainably designed for long-term use in the classroom and built to last.
Traditionally djembes are played as part of an ensemble and group playing is the perfect way to practise rhythm whilst in a collaborative environment, such as for children at school or during music therapy. Playing the djembe is sensory experience which can develop motor skills and reduce stress, it is also allows children and adults to gain confidence and work as a team – all whilst having fun!
The distinctive features of the djembe include a traditional goatskin head, sarong wrapped head ring, nylon rope tuning, and a superior third metal ring system to eliminate any chance of the skin slipping. Djembes are covered with elaborate designs, which are either carved or painted onto the surface of the drum stand. Combined, these features ensure the djembe has a unique sound and design.
SOUNDS OF THE DJEMBE
Djembes are extremely versatile and widespread, due to the range of possible pitches which can be created by hitting different areas of the drum skin. The main sounds produced by the djembe are bass, tone and slap. Bass is a low-pitched note played in the centre of the drum. Tone, a medium-pitched sound, is made by striking the djembe skin right at the edge. Finally, slap is the most technically challenging sound of the djembe: a high-pitched note played near the edge of the djembe skin, it is similar to ‘tone’ but the hand is positioned slightly further towards the centre of the drum skin.
Originating in West Africa, djembes have been a key part of spiritual traditions and rituals for generations. Djembe players are an integral part of African communities, and their role includes storytelling, communication with other tribes and entertainment. Passing on cultural, religious and historical information from generation to generation is also involved in their performances. Djembes are traditionally played at celebratory events such as festivals, marriages and birth ceremonies, and these rituals are accompanied by singing and dancing.