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Djembe

A small hand Drum from West Africa, shaped like a goblet or chalice. The larger the size, the lower the note produced.

Traditional Djembe are carved in one piece and given a head of goat skin. The wood is hard wood and carved thinly for resonance. Many thickly carved softwood examples have been produced as tourist grade instruments which some unfortunately try to play. 

The drum can be tuned by tightening or slackening ropes or cords which run down the side from the head. They are not variable pitch so are tuned before playing.