A djembe or jembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bambara people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose.
The drums come in all shapes and sizes and produce lots of different sounds. But the djembe, itself, can produce a wide variety of sounds, making it a most versatile drum. The drum is very loud, allowing it to be heard clearly as a solo instrument over a large percussion ensemble. A skilled drummer is one who “can make the djembe talk”, and real emotions come out of this workshops. They are great fun!