Djembe Information

A djembe also known as djimbe, jenbe, jymbe, jembe, yembe, or jimbay, or sanbanyi in Susu; is a skin-covered hand drum shaped like a large goblet and meant to be played with bare hands.

According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes directly from the saying "Anke dje, anke be" which literally translates to "everyone gather together" and defines the drum's purpose. In the Bamanakan language, "Dje" is the verb for "gather" and "be" translates as "everyone".

Another suggestion for the origin of the name is that 'Djem' refers to the tree used to make the body of the instrument.

Wikipedia, Djembe, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djembe (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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