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Balafon basics: what is it and where did it come from?

Posted by on 2.2.20 in All blogs, Balafon, Informative blogs, Percussion

This article is about balafon basics, what a balafon is and where it came from. The balafon is a gourd-resonated xylophone, a type of struck idiophone. It is closely associated with the Mandé peoples of West Africa, particularly the Guinean branch of the Mandinka ethnic group, but is now found across West Africa from Guinea […]

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Djembe basics: recent history and development

Posted by on 2.2.20 in All blogs, Djembe, Informative blogs, Percussion

Prior to the 1950s and the decolonization of West Africa, due to the very limited travel of native Africans outside their own ethnic group, the djembe was known only in its original area. National ballets The djembe first came to the attention of audiences outside West Africa with the efforts of Fodéba Keïta, who, in […]

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Djembe Basics: general information and origin

Posted by on 31.1.20 in All blogs, Djembe, Informative blogs, Percussion

A djembe or jembe (/ˈdʒɛmbeɪ/ JEM-bay; from Malinke jembe [dʲẽbe]) is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bambara people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the […]

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