How To Choose A Djembe Drum

Learn How To Choose A Djembe Drum The Right Way

how to choose a djembe drum

If you’re in the pursuit of acquiring a djembe drum I will help you make the best and most educated choice possible.

These drums are beautiful works of art. And as a result, the final price on the instrument can be quite high.

Therefore, you’ll definitely want to make sure that you don’t waste money on the wrong drum.

Follow my steps below and I’ll teach you how to choose a djembe drum.

What To Look For In A Djembe?

1) Wood quality and construction

Wood is the heart of the djembe drum. Lots of sellers out there have no idea of how their djembe drums are produced or use cheap or irresponsible methods and materials. Here are the questions you should ask about your wood: Is your djembe Body is kiln-dried to ensure durability?

Is your djembe hand-carved? Lathe turning sounds nice but renders a soul-less djembe product removed from its roots. Is it built of staves? djembe should be carved from a single piece of wood.

Is your djembe carved from a rare, endangered hardwood such as Mahogany? Real African djembe is made from fast-growing Osese (Tweneboa) wood grown specifically for drum-making and oiled to create a porous structure suitable for long use.

2) Leather

a buyer's guide to choosing a djembe drum

Historically, drum-heads in West Africa were made from antelope skin. Most modern djembe heads are a synthetic material or domestic animal skins.

The best African djembe Drums – made from shaved calf or goat skin.

kpanlogo African drums are still sometimes used antelope skin (scientifically and responsibly culled). Shaving djembe is better than chemical depilation which leaves goat and antelope skin brittle. Only thick calf skins have been treated chemically. Moreover, use thicker back leathers that give djembe a mellower sound and last better than belly-skins.

3) Tie Down/Rope 

Use finely carved wood tie-downs (kpanlogo African drums) and nylon cord (all African drums). To ensure drum durability and strength.

Good artisans know a wide variety of djembe African drums weaves. Including some they have developed themselves, to ensure djembe drums are easy to tighten and loosen, enabling musicians to produce even rich djembe sounds.

Moreover, djembe and Bougarabaous African drums have more than 20 pairs of cord struts. Usually, in a Mali weave, kpanlogos African drums, tightened by wooden stakes, have fewer but can be more easily, if less permanently, tuned.

how to choose a djembe drum

4) Finish

Ancient savanna and forest-zone African drums weren’t finished, except occasionally through djembe fire-blackening. However, African djembe artisans have developed very attractive and innovative methods of decorating African drums over time. And consumers have embraced the beautiful djembe results of these efforts.

Unfortunately, the use of inappropriate decoration and finish can damage the drum surface, especially during transit. We have worked closely with our artisans to select a range of wood-oils and waxes. That protects the woodwork of the drum, Moreover, we have revolutionized shipping from Africa to the US by introducing materials that regulate humidity, protecting both the drum and its finish.

5) Perfect Flaws

A true hand-crafted African djembe drum is ‘flawed’. That is to say, the Drum wood and leather with which it is built has color variations and shows evidence of hand-workmanship. These djembe variations do not hurt the quality of the African drums, but do make it unique

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