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African Djembe Drumming



"A djembe or jembe (/ˈdʒɛmbeɪ/ JEM-bay; 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. In the Bambara language, "djé" is the verb for "gather" and "bé" translates as "peace."[3] 


African Djembe Playshop
This drum is at the heart center of our playshops!
Students not only learn how to play this magnificent drum- but they also learn about it's history, where it originated from, how it's made & what it was used for (and still is used for today).
Students love discovering the carved symbols and the story each drums tells.

Preschool Programs

Elementary Schools


Middle Schools

People Playing Djembe

Drums around the World 

This playshop series introduces students to an array of multicultural drums from around the world.  The West African Djembe, the Tabla from India, and the Udu from Nigeria are among some of the drums they will explore! 


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