- Be taught by Balla or another professional djembe teacher
- Learn to play the djembe like a local
- Be part of one of Gambian’s most important cultural assets
- Loud, quiet, fast or slow - you will enjoy expressing yourself!
- Duration: 3 hours
- Private class
Learn to play the djembe, one of Gambia’s most important instruments. The class will be given by Balla or one of our other experienced djembe teachers.
Djembe is a West African goblet drum played by striking the surface with one or two hands. The drum can be made in a wide range of sizes and decorative designs, although the goblet shape is always the same: a wide chamber at the top and a narrower neck towards the bottom. A confident beat with the hand produces a big booming sound that echoes within the hollow hardwood encasement and out of the open base.
Traditionally, the drum is made from goat rawhide stretched over a shall carved from a single tree trunk. The drum is actually tuned according to the tightness of the ropes which hold the drum skin in place. The tighter the skin is pulled, the louder the drum sounds. Now a popular and widespread percussion instrument, the djembe likely came from the Mali Empire in the Thirteenth Century, which spread to parts of modern day Burkina Faso, Gambia, Guinea, Côte D’Ivoire and Senegal.
Djembe players achieve three types of sound by positioning their hand differently across the drum’s surface: bass, tone and slap, which resonate at varying pitches. You will surprise yourself at how quickly you pick up the techniques and get playing alongside the locals.
Come and join us!
- Private class