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How Playing the Djembe Helps Build Emotional Resilience

In today’s fast-paced world, helping children develop emotional resilience is more important than ever. Children today are exposed to less opportunities for facing challenges by themselves, or solving problems unsupervised.
Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and adversity, bouncing back from challenges with a positive outlook. One powerful and engaging way to build this resilience is through playing the djembe, a traditional African drum, or learning drumming rhythms. Here’s how these rhythmic activities directly contribute to children’s emotional well-being.

Immediate Emotional Release

The physical act of drumming provides an immediate and effective outlet for releasing pent-up emotions. Whether it’s frustration, anger, or anxiety, the vigorous and rhythmic movement involved in drumming allows children to express and process these feelings in a healthy way. This immediate release helps in reducing stress and promoting emotional balance.

Rhythmic Consistency and Grounding

Drumming involves steady, repetitive rhythms that create a sense of grounding and stability. This rhythmic consistency can be particularly soothing for children, helping them feel more centered and secure. The predictable patterns in drumming provide a form of comfort and stability, which is crucial for emotional resilience.

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Improved Focus and Presence

Playing the djembe requires children to concentrate on the beat and rhythm, which helps them stay present in the moment. This mindfulness practice diverts their attention from worries and negative thoughts, reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of calm. By focusing on the present, children can better manage their emotions and stress.

Building Physical and Emotional Endurance

Drumming can be physically demanding, requiring stamina and persistence. This physical endurance can translate into emotional endurance, teaching children to push through challenges and build resilience. The discipline and perseverance developed through drumming are valuable skills that support emotional strength.

Coordination and Cognitive Engagement

Learning and playing drumming rhythms engage both the brain and the body. This activity improves hand-eye coordination, timing, and cognitive processing. The integrated engagement strengthens neural connections that support emotional regulation and resilience. Drumming thus provides a holistic approach to emotional development.

Social Connection and Support

Group drumming sessions promote social interaction and collaboration. The sense of community and mutual support fostered in these sessions can enhance children’s social skills and provide a network of emotional support. Strong social bonds are essential for resilience, helping children feel connected and supported.

Positive Reinforcement and Self-Esteem

Successfully learning and performing drumming rhythms provide a sense of accomplishment and positive reinforcement. This boosts self-esteem and self-efficacy, which are critical for emotional resilience. When children feel confident in their abilities, they are better equipped to handle adversity and bounce back from challenges.

Expression of Individuality and Creativity

Drumming allows children to express themselves creatively. This creative expression can be therapeutic, providing a way to process and communicate complex emotions in a non-verbal manner. Encouraging individuality through drumming helps children understand and manage their emotions more effectively.

Regulating Breathing and Heart Rate

The act of drumming often coincides with controlled breathing and can influence heart rate. This physiological regulation can have calming effects, reducing symptoms of anxiety and contributing to emotional stability. Drumming thus supports both physical and emotional well-being.

Creating a Sense of Achievement

Mastering a new drumming rhythm or technique gives children a sense of achievement and pride. These positive experiences build their confidence and resilience, showing them that they can overcome challenges and learn new skills. This sense of accomplishment is a powerful motivator for continued growth and emotional strength.


Incorporating djembe playing and drumming rhythms into children’s routines offers numerous direct benefits for their emotional resilience. From immediate emotional release to building confidence and social connections, drumming provides a multifaceted approach to developing emotional strength. By engaging in this rhythmic practice, children can learn to manage their emotions, reduce stress, and build the resilience ne

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Choosing a djembe

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A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Djembe

Choosing a djembe is not just about picking any old drum off the shelf. It’s about finding that perfect instrument that resonates with you, both in sound and feel. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the intricate world of djembe drum selection.

Height Matters
When it comes to the height of your djembe drum, it’s essential to find one that fits your body comfortably. The standard height range for djembes is between 60cm to 65cm tall. When seated, ensure that the rim of the drum is a couple of inches above your thigh. It shouldn’t be below or level with your leg, nor more than 4 inches above it. This positioning ensures optimal playing posture and comfort.

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Skin Deep
The hide or skin
of your djembe drum plays a crucial role in its sound and playability. For beginners, we recommend opting for thin or medium skins. Thinner skins are more responsive and easier on the hands, making them ideal for those just starting their djembe journey.

Diameter Dynamics
The diameter of the head is another crucial factor to consider. The standard head size for djembes is 12 inches. However, depending on your hand size and preference, you can look for sizes ranging from 11 inches to 14 inches. Experiment with different diameters to find the one that feels most comfortable and allows you to achieve the desired sound.

Wood Selection
The material of the shell significantly impacts the tone and quality of sound produced by the djembe. Look for drums made from a single piece of timber for optimal resonance. Entry-level drums often use medium-density woods, while premium djembes are crafted from hardwoods by skilled artisans. Hardwood drums offer a wider and richer tonal range, making them a preferred choice for seasoned players and professionals.

Extra Enhancements
Consider additional features that may enhance your playing experience. Some drums feature a Guinean aesthetic style of skinning, where the hide overlaps the rim. While this has no effect on the sound, it adds a unique visual appeal. Additionally, rubber tread is often added to the base of the drum for protection and stability. This acts as a shock absorber and prevents slipping during intense playing sessions.

Personal Preference
Ultimately, the choice of a djembe drum boils down to personal preference. Take the time to try out different drums, feel their weight, hear their sound, and assess their playability. Consider factors such as your skill level, playing style, and budget when making your selection. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, investing in the right djembe drum will elevate your musical journey to new heights.

We’d be happy to help you find your first Djembe – how exciting!
We can send you a video with selected djembes, chosen for you.
Send us your details below, it’s a fast and easy way to hone in on the best drum for you.

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Ghana djembes

Our most popular djembes!
A djembe from its place of birth is truly special! These entry-level drums present remarkable quality at exceptionally competitive prices. Crafted from Twenaboa timber of medium density, they boast substantial bass tones, delivering a rich low-end sound that has garnered widespread acclaim. These djembes, adorned with both traditional and contemporary carvings, offer effortless playability. The Ghana series comes in various sizes, ranging from 10” to 14”. Moreover, they are notably lightweight, ensuring convenient portability.

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New Seedpod chimes & Seedpod rattle

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The Kenari seed pods hang within a wooden frame, crafting a beautiful chime. Emitting gentle, earthy tones, the Seedpod chime fosters a serene and contemplative ambiance. Swaying gracefully with the wind, it emits calming melodies, ideal for sound therapy, meditation, and unwinding.

Derived from the Canarium tree native to Africa, these seed pods have long held cultural significance.
In African traditions, they symbolize unity, strength, and the interconnectedness of communities.
Our Seedpod Chimes pay homage to this cultural heritage, bringing a touch of African authenticity to your space.

Carefully crafted, each chime is a fusion of artistry, tradition, and the therapeutic power of sound.

Beyond its cultural roots, the chime serves a dual purpose, not only as a decorative element but also as a conduit for sound healing wellness. The gentle, melodic tones produced by the chime create a serene ambiance, fostering relaxation and mindfulness. They provide a therapeutic experience as the soothing vibrations resonate, promoting a sense of calm and balance in your surroundings.

View the Seedpod chime here

We’ve also added the Seedpod Rattle to our instruments range. It produces a cascade of rain-like notes, making it perfect for sound healing and relaxation.

If you’re looking for sound healing, wellness, meditation, or mindfulness instruments, we offer a huge range of sound healing instruments, including singing bowls, gongssteel tongue drums, bells and more.
View more sound healing instruments here.

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Rhythmic Memory Game 🧠

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This drumming rhythm game promotes attention and memory skills, whilst also  encouraging adaptability and quick thinking.
It’s an engaging way to challenge students to stay focused and actively participate in a collaborative rhythmic experience.

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Mindfulness Listening Game

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This drumming game not only promotes mindfulness but also encourages teamwork, communication, and creativity. It provides an opportunity for students to engage in a rhythmic dialogue, fostering a sense of community and shared experience.

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Finding Harmony Within

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Finding harmony within can often be a challenge for us.

Along comes the humble djembe, an ancient drum that transcends cultural boundaries, giving us the key to unlocking a powerful
from of self-expression through wellness.

Djembe has the ability to tap into our primal instinct which leads us to a cascade of physical, mental and emotional clarity and balance.

Physical benefits of playing the djembe range from improved cardiovascular health, increasing circulation, improved hand eye
coordination and refining our fine motor skills. Djembe playing is a proven form of stress release, emotional release,
as engaging in rhythmic patterns allows us to enter a meditative state which in turn promotes mindfulness and wellness in the world within and outside of us. You can read more about the benefits of drumming for wellness here.

Rhythmic wellness is available through private events, school and kinder incursions, team bonding days, and an array of events.

Check out our range of djembes available and have a peek at our wellness range also available through our sister-brand Bashiri.

Ceremonial Gong

Ceremonial Gongs

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In a world filled with everyday symphonies, ceremonial gongs rise above, ready to steal the spotlight with their resounding choral charisma!

Ceremonial gongs, are majestic metal marvels, transcending time and culture, finding their place in rituals, celebrations and meditative practices.

Envisage a shimmering disc suspended in time awaiting the gentle touch of the mallet. With a strike it brightly awakens sending ripples of harmonious vibration through the air. Ceremonial gongs invite our body, mind and spirit to dance with the rhythm of history. While the waves wash over, we are reminded of our playful spirit waiting to be unleashed.

Each ceremonial gong is designed to tune into a specific chakra point on the body, and align the energy while played. Our traditional gongs are hand hammered from a special 5-metal alloy. Different notes are created by striking different points on the gong. The harder a gong is played, the more its surface is activated, resulting in the whole surface loudly resonating with many layers of reverberation.

Some practitioners believe certain frequencies can focus on specific areas of the body, contributing to the healing of certain ailments. If you want to target specific chakras, choose a gong based on its tonal frequencies.

Is there a gong that resonates with you?

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You can also visit our sister site for more traditional sound healing instruments here

New Drumming Classes

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New African Drumming Classes

You can join us for new African Drumming classes in-person and Online.

Diversify your skillset and spice up your week with drumming classes. Music connects us in profound ways and is a bridge that links us harmoniously.

A great way to connect your heart and mind, destress, reset and energise yourself!
Drumming class is a great way to socialize and make new friends in a relaxed environment.

🪘Beginners Djembe

🪘Intermediate Djembe

🪘Middle Eastern Percussion

Book here!

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Group Drumming

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Group Drumming

Drumming in a group requires communication and teamwork.

When organisations participate in Group Drumming sessions, they learn to work together, listen to one another, and synchronise their actions.

This collaborative experience can break down barriers and foster a sense of unity and inclusivity.

African drumming sessions create an inclusive and engaging atmosphere that encourages active participation from everyone. Regardless of their background or position within the organisation, everyone can join in the rhythmic experience!

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On Demand Teacher Training

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Let us fit into your schedule with our On Demand Teacher Training 🪘

Whether it’s online or in-person, group or solo, become an amazing facilitator at a time which suits you.

🎶  School teachers
🎶  Professional facilitators
🎶  Government departments
🎶  NGO teams
🎶  Or anyone who wishes to teach drumming !

Following the training you will be able to run your own program with amazing results.

Learn more here !

Instrument Highlight: Krin

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Also called kirin, kolokolo, lokole.

A log drum, often played alongside Balafon, Kora, djembes and dunun in contemporary West African Ballets.

♪  Guinea Krin are hand carved from dense khadi timber, the densest wood of West Africa
♪  The craftsmanship of this distinctive drum is as functional as it is beautiful
♪  With crisp tonal qualities and several distinct notes this medium sized Krin is a high volume instrument ideal for any ensemble.

Watch the Krin in action or purchase here !

Djembe and Dunun Tuning Tips 🪘

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Djembe and Dunun Tuning Tips

Like any instrument, your drum needs tuning to sound it’s best.
A few knots can have it really singing in terms of both richness of sound and pure projection.

🪘 Avoid tuning in very hot weather.
🪘 Add 2-3 knots at a time and test the results. Let the drum settle, play it and come back to it in a week or so.
🪘 Using a stick or a tuning bar will save your hands from rope burn.
🪘 Be careful not to tune your drum too much too soon! This is the most common cause of Breakage. The skin needs time to stretch.
🪘 Fine tune by tapping down on the top outer ring with a rubber mallet, being careful not to hit the skin!

Interested in purchasing a new African Drum? Look no further and check out our extensive range here!

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