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Djembé Classe Tours

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Country: Senegal
City: Dakar
Duration: 5 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Djembe Class

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Djembe lessons

Music is universal and brings people together. If this conception of music is also yours, you may have heard of the djembe, this famous African percussion instrument.

And if this is not the case, let us take you on board, to places where the Djembe is the best shared thing.

The djembe (which means drum in Bambara) is an instrument that originated in West Africa. We owe it more precisely to the Mandingo people from the Mandingo Empire of Mali, founded by Soundiata Keïta in the 13th century. At the beginning, the djembe was used to communicate, and until today, it is present at various social events during traditional festivals: baptisms, circumcisions, engagements, weddings, funerals, assemblies, mask festivals, agricultural festivals (plowing, sowing, harvests), etc.

It is played with bare hands, either by the whole palm of the hand or by the fingertips, the instrument will be fixed between the two legs.

You will receive the first notes with its dazzling rhythms, it is par excellence the instrument linked to dance.

During the lessons, each participant will have his own Djembe and around the monitor that will be installed in front of us we will follow the rhythm to produce the three basic tones:

However, it was not until the 1980s that the djembe really set out to conquer the world. Indeed, it was largely at this time that the international performances of the various ballets multiplied. The most experienced djembe players (also known as Djembefola) took advantage of this wave of success to settle across the United States, Japan and Europe. They opened centers there where they made the decision to teach their art.

The djembe consists of several parts:

The skin: From goats or Gazelles that are shaved and then stretched over the barrel.

The barrel is made from wood (teak, mahogany, diala or red wood): It must be hollow inside to allow the air to circulate well.

The strings: Which we use are very strong, allow to maintain and tighten the skin around the barrel.

You could return to the hotel with your Djembe bought at the central market, which will allow you to practice better.

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