How To: Tune a Djembe African hand drum

Tune a Djembe African hand drum

Step by step guide for tuning a traditional rope djembe. Instructed by X8 Drum's Raphael Torn.

A djembe is also known as djimbe, jenbe, jymbe, jembe, yembe, or jimbay, or sanbanyi in Susu; is a skin covered hand drum, shaped like a large goblet, and meant to be played with bare hands. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes directly from the saying "Anke dje, anke be" which literally translates to "everyone gather together", and defines the drum's purpose. "Dje" is the verb for "gather" in Bamanakan, and "be" translates as "everyone" in Bamanakan.

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