Djembe Drumming

“Drumming in groups can boost immune system”

Barry Bitman MD, Meadville Medical Centre’s Mind-Body Wellness Centre in Pennsylvania

How do you pronounce it, where does is come from and what exactly is djembe drumming?  A question I have, understandably, been asked many a time.  Djembe is pronounced JEMbay, it is from West Africa and is now hugely popular across the world.

Fiona's DjembeIt is a rope tuned, goblet shaped, wooden drum with a skin on the top and is played with your hands.  I think its popularity is due to its versatility.  You can create quite a range of sound as there are low notes (bass), mid (tone) and high (slap), which can all be played as either open or closed notes.

If you think that drumming is just a loud noise then you may be surprised to know that drumming can help focus, concentration, co-ordination, counting and listening skills.  As well as all that you may find it relaxing, energising, meditative and most of all… FUN! 🙂

Dunduns are a set of 3 bass drums.  The smallest is the kenkeni (high sound), then the sangban (mid) and the big dununba (low).  They are most often on their own stand with a cowbell or occassionally two (as in the image) or even all three on the one stand.  Sometimes they are played upright without a cowbell (ballet style).

There is a soundclip of my djembe on the ‘Rhythm & Grounding’ page and you can watch a video clip of HeartSound at their first performance.  To find out what others think have a look at the drumming feedback.

I am not currently teaching or running djembe drumming workshops.  For djembe drumming in Fife, contact BeatRoot in Cupar.

Dunduns     Djembe Drumming     HeartSound at Kinghorn Hafla