Djembe Drums

Our Wholesale Djembes and other drums are all constructed by master-craftsmen with years of experience. All of our drums are hand carved from hardwood sourced from fully traceable, certified sustainable plantations.

Our Range:

 

Pro Africa Djembes
Pro Africa 
Jammer Series Djembes
Jammer Series 
Handicraft Djembes
PVC Djembes  

Student Djembes 
Djembe Accessories
Djembe Accessories

 

 

Mini Djembe drumStudent Series

 

7” World Rhythm Student Series Djembe (MDJ004)

-Overall Height: 30cm

-Djembe Head: 7″

 

9” World Rhythm Student Series Djembe (MDJ005)

-Overall Height: 40cm

-Djembe Head: 9″

 

10” World Rhythm Student Series Djembe (MDJ006)
-Overall Height: 50cm

-Djembe Head: 10″

 

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Pro Africa Inspired Series

We believe that our Pro Series Djembes are some of the best sounding Djembe drums on the market today. Inspired by the best qualities of African Djembes our Pro Africa drums are hand made from sustainable mahogany wood that can be traced back to managed plantations in South East Asia, you can be sure of the sustainable, ethical future of our highest quality Djembe drums. They are all constructed using the superior 3 ring system, top quality natural goat skins and pre-stretched alpine rope for the highest level of sound quality.

All Pro Africa Djembe drums come with a free Protective Djembe Hat worth up to £15.99, keeping the drum skin in top condition. Please dont forget our Djembe Carry Cases and other accessories.

Pro Africa Inspired ‘Ivory Coast’Pro Africa Inspired ‘Ivory Coast’

The undisputed king of our Djembe drums, the Pro Africa Djembe is unsurpassed in range and tone with a bass note that fills any size performance space. High quality rope binding, natural goat skin and expertly hand crafted body makes this Ivory Coast Djembe a drummers dream.

(mdj038) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 10” head

(mdj042) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

(mdj045) 65cm x 38cm diameter. 13” head

 

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Pro Africa Inspired ‘Ghana’Pro Africa Inspired ‘Ghana’

Our Pro Africa Djembes offer the best sound quality for performance and recording. The sustainable mahogany body on our Ghana Djembe is carefully hand carved and the natural goat skin creates crisp but warm tones and outstanding bass notes.

(mdj037) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 10” head

(mdj040) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

(mdj043) 65cm x 38cm diameter. 13” head

 

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Pro Africa Inspired ‘Senegal’Pro Africa Inspired ‘Senegal’

Traditional master craftsmen rely on years of experience to create our Pro Africa Djembes with the highest level of sound quality. Sustainable mahogany shell and natural goat skins are brought together in our Senegal Djembe using methods dating back as far as the 13th century.

(mdj011) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 10” head

(mdj041) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

(mdj044) 65cm x 38cm diameter. 13” head

 

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Jammer Series Djembes

Our core range of performance Djembes offer fantastic sound and durability at a very reasonable price. Perfect for Studio percussionists or for kitting out an entire drum circle these drums are an attractive, popular choice and a great seller. All of our Jammer Djembes are hand carved by mastercraftsmen and strung using the industry standard 2 ring system.

All Jammer Series Djembe drums come with a free Protective Djembe Hat worth up to £15.99, keeping the drum skin in top condition.

 

Jammer Swirl Black DjembeJammer Swirl Black Djembe

This Djembe is crafted from sustainable mahogany and turned with high quality rope. This amazing drum is great for solo performances or fantastic as a rhythmic accompaniment to other instruments.

(mdj012) 40cm x 20cm diameter. 8” head

(mdj028) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 9.5” head

(mdj032) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

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Jammer Swirl Natural DjembeJammer Swirl Natural Djembe

Our Jammer range is designed specifically for serious drummers and is perfect for drum circles and workshops. Sustainable mahogany is hand carved and strung with a natural goat skin to create a full range of tones.

(mdj013) 40cm x 20cm diameter. 8” head

(mdj029) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 9.5” head

(mdj033) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

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Jammer Tribal Black DjembeJammer Tribal Black Djembe

Our Jammer Djembes are hand crafted from sustainable mahogany and carved with a highly decorative finish. This is a fantastic drum for education and extracurricular groups. Please take a look at our Drum Packs for great savings on bulk purchases.

(mdj014) 40cm x 20cm diameter. 8” head

(mdj030) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 9.5” head

(mdj034) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

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Jammer Tribal Natural DjembeJammer Tribal Natural Djembe

A beautiful Djembe with a great sound quality. This hand crafted drum is constructed from sustainable mahogany and strung with a natural goat skin. It sounds fantastic as a solo drum but works brilliantly in a group, especially when using a range of sizes.

(mdj015) 40cm x 20cm diameter. 8” head

(mdj031) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 9.5” head

(mdj035) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

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Jammer Rough Bark Dark DjembeJammer Rough Bark Dark Djembe

This rough dark djembe is a huge step-up from our entry level drums which provides a deep tone and a good range. This product is fantastic for a more serious djembe player and looks great with a dark bark style finish.

(mdj021) 40cm x 22cm diameter. 8.5” head

(mdj023) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 9.5” head

(mdj026) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

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Jammer Rough Bark Natural DjembeJammer Rough Bark Natural Djembe

An attractive looking Djembe with a great sound range, this affordable drum is perfect for live performance and drum circles. Please take a look at our excellent Drum Packs for great savings on bulk purchases. Intricately carved with a natural bark style finish.

(mdj022) 40cm x 22cm diameter. 8.5” head

(mdj024) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 9.5” head

(mdj027) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

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Large Drum PackLarge Drum Pack

Our Large Drum Pack contains everything that you need to create a complete African percussion section. A full range of Dundun drums provide the bass, a wide selection of Djembe sizes make up the ensemble rhythms and the section is completed with the traditional African hand percussion instruments , Caxixi and Shekeres.

This pack provides excellent value for money and is an ideal way to equip any large drum
circle, music class or club.

Our Large Drum Pack consists of:

1x Dundun * Please see our Dundun range for images

1x Sangban

1x Kenkeni

6x Jammer Djembe 8″

6x Jammer Djembe 9.5″

2x Jammer Djembe 12″

4x Caxixi

3x Gourd Shekere

(mpk007) 24 Players.

 

Medium Drum PackMedium Drum Pack

Our Medium Drum Pack provides an excellent insight into the range of drums played along the west coast of Africa. The range of Djembe sizes create multilayered rhythms led by a drum leader on the larger sized Djembe. The Kenkeni drum adds another dimension of deep bass sound and the Caxixi and Gourd Shekeres provide the treble, completing the percussion section.

An excellent way to start or add to your drum
circle or class, providing significant savings on
our individual drum prices.

Our Medium Drum Pack consists of:

1x Kenkeni * Please see our Dundun range for images

3x Jammer Djembe 8″

3x Jammer Djembe 9.5″

2x Jammer Djembe 12″

2x Caxixi

1x Gourd Shekere

(mpk008) 12 Players.

 

Large Djembe PackLarge Djembe Pack

Our large Djembe pack is perfect for adding a large number of different sized Djembe to your drum circle or classroom. We have selected Djembes from our Jammer Series to provide a wide range of tones, allowing multilayered, complex rhythms to be created. To complete the percussion section we have included the traditional African percussion instruments Caxixi and Gourd Shekeres.

This pack represents excellent value for money
and will fill your group or class with high quality,
beautiful Djembe drums.

Our Large Djembe Pack consists of:

8x Jammer Djembe 8″

6x Jammer Djembe 9.5″

3x Jammer Djembe 12″

4x Caxixi

3x Gourd Shekere

(mpk005) 24 Players.

 

Medium Djembe PackMedium Djembe Pack

Our Medium Djembe Pack is a cost effective way of providing up to 12 students with excellent sounding, beautifully crafted Djembe drums. A full range of Djembe sizes provides the diverse spectrum of tones ideal for a full drum circle. To complete the group we have included the traditional African percussion
instruments Caxixi and Gourd Shekere.

Benefit from our best prices on our Jammer
Djembe range by buying a Djembe pack that is
perfect for your group or class.

Our Medium Djembe Pack consists of:

3x Jammer Djembe 8″

3x Jammer Djembe 9.5″

2x Jammer Djembe 12″

2x Caxixi

2x Gourd Shekere

(mpk006) 12 Players.

 

Small Djembe PackSmall Djembe Pack

Our Small Djembe Pack is perfect for any small group or individual performer looking to add high quality African percussion to their collection. Representing great value for money, this pack includes 5 of our larger Jammer Djembe drums, handpicked for the best sound quality and range. A Gourd Shekere and 2 Caxixi complete the pack and add African percussion instruments that traditionally accompany the Djembe drum.

A perfect choice for anyone looking to introduce
quality African percussion into their repertoire.

Our Small Djembe Pack consists of:

3x Jammer Djembe 9.5″

2x Jammer Djembe 12″

2x Caxixi

1x Gourd Shekere

(mpk009) 8 Players.

 

Economy Djembe PackEconomy Djembe Pack

African drumming has becme one of the most popular ethnic percussion pastimes with drumming workshops available in every local area. Tap in to this growing market with our fantastic Economy Djembe Pack.

Offering a great range of drums from low cost through to higher value products you will be able to fulfill your customers needs.

Our Economy Djembe Pack consists of:

4x Carved Djembe 5″

3x Carved Djembe 5.5″

2x Painted Djembe 6.5″

1x Jammer Swirl 8″

1x Jammer Tribal 8″

With a resale value of at least £260 this Djembe Pack offers excellent value and an impressive product range that customers will want to buy.

(mpk003) 11 Players.

 

PVC Djembes

 

Large Djembe drum

Goat Skin PVC Green Djembe Drum

(MDJ001-GR) 39cm x 23cm diameter. 9″ head

(MDJ002-GR) 49cm x 26cm diameter. 10″ head

(MDJ003-GR) 59cm x 30cm diameter. 12″ head

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Medium Djembe drum

Goat Skin PVC Red Djembe Drum

 

(MDJ001-RD) 39cm x 23cm diameter. 9″ head

(MDJ002-RD) 49cm x 26cm diameter. 10″ head

(MDJ003-RD) 59cm x 30cm diameter. 12″ head

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Small Djembe drum

Goat Skin PVC Orange Djembe Drum

(MDJ001-OR) 39cm x 23cm diameter. 9″ head

(MDJ002-OR) 49cm x 26cm diameter. 10″ head

(MDJ003-OR) 59cm x 30cm diameter. 12″ head

 

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Djembe Accessories

To compliment the extensive range of African Drums we already offer, we have commissioned a range of accessories to protect and the drums and enhance your playing experience. We believe our Pro Africa Protective Carry Case is possibly one of the most robust bags on the market, it is perfect for keeping your valuable Djembe drums in good condition. As well as the good quality carry cases, we also offer a range of Protective Djembe Hats and Djembe Carry Straps.

 

Pro Africa Protective Carry CasePro Africa Protective Carry Case

Our backpack style carry cases with dense padding, fur lining and a unique three zip system will keep your Djembe safe in the most difficult of situations. The heavy duty, padded shoulder straps make carrying even the heaviest hardwood Djembes easy and comfortable.

Please note our 10″ bag has a courier style sholder strap rather than backpack straps.

Please click on the image for more details and other images.

(mdj059) To fit up to 10” head, 50cm height

(mdj060) To fit up to 12” head, 60cm height

(mdj061) To fit up to 13” head, 65cm height

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Lightweight Protective Carry CaseLightweight Protective Carry Case

Our colourful Bogolan cloth patterns are inspired by the traditional West African mud cloth which makes them a perfect match to our Fiberglass or Jammer series Djembe. This is also perfect for any lighter Djembe and everyday use.

(mdj062) To fit up to 9.5” head, 45cm height

(mdj063) To fit up to 10” head, 50cm height

(mdj064) To fit up to 12” head, 60cm height

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Protective Djembe HatProtective Djembe Hat

Our Djembe Hat is made from heavy duty nylon and is the perfect way to protect the skin of your Djembe. It is well padded to protect the bearing edge of the rim as well as also being lined with a heat reflective layer, it gives the maximum protection against climatic changes.

(mdj065) 40cm x 22cm diameter. 8.5” head

(mdj066) 50cm x 24cm diameter. 9.5” head

(mdj067) 60cm x 30cm diameter. 12” head

(mdj068) 65cm x 38cm diameter. 13” head

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Djembe Carry Strap Djembe Carry Strap

This heavy duty nylon, lightweight and durable carry strap fits any sized Djembe and is perfect for stage performance. It is strong enough to stand up to the most furious drumming sessions, but is also very comfortable so that even the heaviest hardwood Djembes feel light and mobile.

(mdj069) 61cm x 41cm x 3cm

Adjustable straps fit any sized Djembe or player

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Djembe History

The Djembe is a particularly popular style of African rhythm drum. The Djembe was the traditional drum of the Mandinka people of the 12th Century Mali Empire which stretched across much of North West Africa, versions of the Djembe drum are found across many West African countries.

Djembe drum

The word Djembe is originally from Bambara tounge, meaning ‘to gather (people) together.’ The instrument is also named after the Djem tree which was traditionally used in the construction of the drum body, with the word ‘be’ referring to the goat hide used to skin the drum. The craftsman would take a section of the tree and carve a drum shell in one piece in the shape of the mortars used to pound grain into flour. The goat skin was then stretched across the djembe shell and secured with an intricate rope knot system that also provided tension and the ability to tune the drum.

This process has not changed much in centuries although modern materials have been introduced. Whilst modern synthetic skins, rope and a huge variety of shell materials are now used, the traditional skills and materials are generally believed to hold a superior sound.

Djembe playing holds an important place in traditional Mali culture. It is a sacred instrument of celebration and ritual. Djembe rhythms (or Diansa) are played at important times of the year such as on a full moon or during harvest time and to mark special occasions such as a wedding or Eid ul-Fitr (marking the end of Ramadan). These celebrations are an integral part of African cultural heritage and involve the whole community. Dance also plays an important part of these celebrations and often particular Djembe rhythms and specific dances are practiced in harmony to tell a story from local tradition or as the appropriate ritual for a particular occasion. Djembe are also used for communicating over large distances in rural areas.

The Djembe is traditionally played standing up, sometimes with a supporting harness, although it can also be played in a seated position. It has a wide range of rhythmic sounds and is a very versatile solo instrument or it can be played in an ensemble with other West African instruments. The drum skin is struck with both hands to make a rhythm from 3 basic tones; bass, open and slap; as well as a variety of other techniques.

Djembe Construction Quality

Djembes are constructed from carved hardwood sourced from fully traceable certified plantation, by highly experienced craftsmen. Once the shells have been made extra care is taken with the bearing edge of every drum, which is sanded and routed for at least 30 minutes to give a perfect edge and the most responsive sound when strung. Our Jammer series, Bougarabous and Dundun Drums use the recognised standard 2 ring system whereas our Pro Africa range, the pinnacle of quality craftsmanship, uses a superior 3 ring system for extra tension and improved sound quality.

* All Djembes are constructed in South East
Asia from sustainable mahogany wood.

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.