Djembes were created somewhere between 400-800 years ago. They were created by the Mande people during the Malian Empire. There are many stories concerning the way this instrument came about. It is said that blacksmiths made the first ones. Each drum was custom made from a tree to fit the drummer who would eventually play it. Making these drums was a spiritual experience so the blacksmiths would make offerings to the trees that were cut down to make the djembes. Once the blacksmith was finished it would be delivered to the drummer who was a member of the Jeli Caste and they were responsible for the oral history of their people. Since then, djembes have become popular all over.
Have you decided you are going to learn to play the djembe? This drum has a rich and interesting history. If you are just starting out Toca has come up with the perfect model just for you! Toca Percussion’s 12″ Street Series Black Onyx Djembe are perfect for beginners! These Djembes are hand carved from mahogany that has been grown on a plantation and has 20 coats of teak oil. You will have a ton of fun playing this wonderful instrument!