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LACS TOPICS — West African drum

The Djembe - The Goddess

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The Djembe - The Goddess

While djembe were traditionally played by men, many consider the djembe itself to embody the female spirit. The Mandinka (Maninke) people of western Africa are believed to have created the djembe around 1300 AD and Mandinka men play them in various ceremonies and celebrations. These days, women play djembe as often as men do and many female players say they feel closer to the spirit of the feminine divine when they play. Members of a djembe ensemble sing and clap hands, while dancing around a drum circle, showing off their skill. Singers, dancers and players may hold a single song for hours as...

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The Voice of Djembe

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The Voice of Djembe

I'll never forget the first time I joined a djembe drum circle.  I could barely hold the drum, much less hold a rhythm but somehow I found myself sitting in a circle of well-polished djembe players on the beach of Sado Island. Yup - an island off the coast of Japan, not Africa, mind you. Most of the people in the circle were smiling and visibly excited.  Others tapped in and held musical space with stoic face. Me? At first, I tick-tacked along, trying not to mess anyone up with my two left hands. But soon, the voices of the djembe were all I could hear....

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