The djembe originated in West Africa. While many myths and legends surround of its creation, we can definitely say, historically, that the Djembe was being played in the Mali empire in the 12th century. The Mandinka tribe claims it as theirs, and they are still made in Mali. Djembe is not the original name of this drum; it is a name that arrived after being mixed with the French language.
The “numu” or blacksmiths (a special class in West African society once considered to be imbued with unique energetic powers) are said to have crafted the first Djembes. And while they are a specialized caste In African culture, and some musical instruments are reserved for specific classes, the djembe is not one of them. Anyone who plays and respects the instrument is a djembefola, one who plays the djembe.
It wasn’t until the 1950s that the Djembe began to be known outside of Africa. Thanks to touring dance companies (Les Ballets Africains) in the mid-century performing African dances with traditional drummers, and then djembefolas teaching and recording in the 1980s, the growing interest in this instrument got the large percussion companies involved. Now here we are -- the Djembe has become a staple of the World Percussion universe of instruments.
We're talking about the history of tuning standards in music and sound therapy. 432 Hz and 440 Hz are the most well-known tuning standards for A4, but are there others? How did they come about? Is 432 Hz superior? Is 440 Hz bad? What frequency standard should you use for optimal healing? Let's talk about it!
We've just added a bunch of new flumis from the well-loved Bear of B Love Sacred Sound in the UK. We love these new mallets (see them here in our store). They're made of a unique silicone composition and field tested by professionals. The come in a range of sizes for a wide swath of sonic textures on many sizes and styles of gongs. They're easy to clean and easy to use.