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The history of the djembe drum dates back to its creation in 13th-century West Africa. Though, since its creation, it has traveled far and wide around the world. The djembe has left its touch on many genres of music and in many artists' recordings, from Paul Simon to the music of Cirque du Soleil.

If you're just getting into the djembe, you'll be amazed by the versatility the drum displays; the wide variety of sounds it can create is impressive. Read below to learn more about djembe drums and shop for your own here on Reverb.

What is a Djembe?

  • A djembe (or, jembe) is a skin-covered, rope-tuned goblet drum that is traditionally played using your bare hands. The shell of the djembe is carved of wood and the drumhead is made of untreated animal rawhide—goatskin is most commonly used.

What is the Size of a Djembe Drum?

  • The diameter size of a djembe drum usually falls between 12 and 15 inches, and the djembe drums usually weigh between 11 and 29 pounds. The weight of a djembe drum will be determined by its size and the wood chosen for its shell.

What Brands Make Djembe Drums?

There are many brands out there that make djembe drums—both dedicated drumming brands, bigger instrument brands, and small personal shops. If you're not sure where to start, but want a consistent model from a recognizable name, check out brands like Remo, Toca, and Tycoon.