By : Roseshay Hudson
The drum is a symbol for giving thanks and
praise back to the creator. It is a undying expression of our culture as
people .The drum is a mean by which we can remember and cultivate our
culture as people in the world today. The drum originates in Africa. It’s
made with tree lumber and goat skin. The African drum is used for many
occasions such as marriages, funerals, festivals and religious gatherings.
The best Djembe player in the world is said to be Mamady
Keita. He is the most accomplished Djembe player in the world. He is a
master percussionist with an international reputation. Mamady Keita was
born in 1950 in Balandgu, a village in Wassal, Africa. His talent had been
recognized by age 14 after being selected to join the NBDG. He became the
artistic director. In 1992 he opened up his own drum school TAM TAM
Mandigue in Brussels.Theme Park!
Djembe– Has a well rounded balance of tones, slaps,
and bass. The drum can be heard over all drums no matter how many drums it
has to accompany it. Ashiko—Has a high pitch of tones, clear resonant
bass and a slap that attacks. It compliments lower tones. Stick drums–
All have a wide range of notes. Low bass ( Djun—Djun) a mid range of
tenors ( songban) and a high noted soprano (Kenkeni) provides the basis to
establish the back beat of the ensemble. Use one or the full set to form a
poly rhythmic rhythm.
In order to began playing the Djembe you must know the
fundamentals of drumming which consist of learning how to properly play
the Djembe by mastering the three basic sounds. Theses sounds include a
slap, tone, and bass. . To play a bass you must hit the drum in the center
of the drum head. To play a slap you should spread your fingers and place
your hands at the end of the drum ( closest to you). You play the tone the
same way except you close your fingers and scoot them up just a little. as
for positions stay seated as for now.
The Care of the Instrument
- When the drum is not being played keep the drum out
of the sun and the heat.
- Wash your hands each time before you play
- Never let the drum get wet skin will burst
- Never eat or drink around the drum
- Store drum in a drum bag.
- If your not for sure how to play it then find an
instructor or join a class