Djembe Care and construction

 

Keeping your Djembe in top condition is easy. Simply play often, the oil from your hands will protect the drum skin, keeping it supple. If you have not played your Djembe for some time or plan to store it away for a while you can rub a little un-perfumed hand cream into the skin to prevent it from drying too much.

Keep your Djembe safe from knocks, rips and extreme temperature changes. Do not store it underneath shelves where an object may drop and split the skin also try to keep it away from radiators as the dramatic changes in temperature will likely warp the skin and ruin the tone of the drum. Our Djembe Carry Cases and Hats are perfect for keeping your Djembe safe; please take a look at our accessories page for further details.

 

Djembe tuning using the traditional ‘Mali weave’

Tuning your Djembe is not as difficult as you might think, we recommend using the traditional ‘Mali weave’ for adding tension to the ropes, the process of tuning the drum. All of our Djembes come with plenty of additional rope for tuning and the ropes themselves are pre-stretched, making the process easier and more responsive. We lightly tune the drums using this method, so you will find the weave started for you. If you wish to raise the tone further, or the Djembe looses tension over time, please follow these simple steps:

Mali Weave Djembe Tuning

1. Unwind the extra rope on the Djembe and pass the end under the first two verticals. Make sure you choose the verticals that are furthest apart to make the most change in the pitch of the drum.

Mali Weave Djembe Tuning

2. Pull the slack through then pass the rope back over the right vertical and under the left vertical. Again, pull through the slack rope.

Mali Weave Djembe Tuning

3. Pull the rope sharply to the right. This will make the verticals cross each other and create a ‘diamond’ where the tuning rope passes through.

Mali Weave Djembe Tuning

4. Move horizontally across to the next pair of verticals and repeat the process. Moving round the entire Djembe will add tension and raise the pitch of the drum.

Djembe Construction Quality

Master-craftsmen with years of experience construct our Djembes. Here at World Rhythm Percussion all of our drums are hand carved from hardwood sources from fully traceable, certified and sustainable plantations. Once the shells have been made, extra care is taken with the bearing edge of every drum. The edge is sanded and routed for at least thirty minutes to ensure that a perfect edge is created and the most responsive sound when strung. Our Jammer series, Bougarabous and Dundun Drums use the recognised standard 2 ring systems whereas our Pro Africa range, the pinnacle of quality craftsmanship, uses a superior 3 ring system for extra tension and improved sound quality.

Key Quality points

 

Pro Africa range

  • Natural, hand shaved, goat hide skins.
  • Over 30 meters of pre-stretched alpine rope on the 65cm drum.
  • Up to 35 double rope runners on the 65cm drum.
  • Hand finished inner surface for ultimate tone and depth.
  • Easy grab handle.
  • Long length of extra rope for future tuning.
  • Traditional Mali tuning weave started on every Djembe.

3 ring system of quality

Jammer Series Djembes and other drums

  • Natural, hand shaved, goat hide skins.
  • Up to 19 meters of pre-stretched alpine rope on the 60cm drum.
  • Up to 21 double rope runners on the 60cm drum.
  • Easy grab handle.
  • Long length of extra rope for future tuning.
  • Traditional Mali tuning weave started on every Djembe.
 

Please call us on 01622 522110 to place your order. Our friendly team will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

 

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which service would be most appropriate for your needs.