Authentic Djembe made in Ghana
- Item Number
- Estimated Value
- $300 USD
- $259 USD to gl531
- Number of Bids
- 12 - Bid History
A djembe is a skin-covered drum meant to be played with bare hands (but could be played with drum sticks). According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes directly from the saying "Anke djé, anke bé" which translates to "everyone gather together in peace" and defines the drum's purpose.Traditionally crafted djembe drums were carved from a single section of a Lenge tree. Lenge was used for centuries due to its acoustic and spiritual qualities among the Malinke, whose traditional wisdom states that a spiritual energy, or nyama, runs through all things, living or dead. Other types of wood may also be substituted, depending upon the forests accessible to the drum makers and are commonly crafted in Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Côte d'Ivoire. Properly made drums are not smooth on the interior but have a spiral channel inside that enhances the tonal qualities.The djembe is headed on one side with the shaved skin of a goat, antelope or cow. Prior to the twentieth century, the skin was attached with the sinew or intestine of the animal, or by cutting and stretching a strip of rawhide.
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