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Reconnect with the Djembe

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Feeling a little disconnected from both yourself and Mother Earth lately? Drumming has been proven to help people reconnect in very powerful ways. The beautiful Djembe dates back hundreds of years from West Africa, and the creation of these drums was a very spiritual process. It is said that the playing of these drums and creating a beat allows us to focus more internally. The beat helps our brains to slow down and reconnect with our own physical rhythm. It also helps us to tune into the rhythms of the earth and keeps us more grounded. Even playing the djembe with others can help us reconnect with our community and allow us to feel a stronger sense of belonging.

It is super easy for anyone to learn how to play the Djembe. Even a simple beat can have amazing effects on our health and wellbeing. Our drums are made with the utmost love and care, and the highest quality. They are all beautifully crafted, and when not being played make a great ornamental piece in your house.

Check out our range of Djembes now, and feel more connected to the rhythms of the universe!

Choosing the Right Djembe for You

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Buying a new Djembe can be a daunting task. It is a big investment, both financially and towards developing your drumming skills. When it comes time to buy a djembe, there are a number of things to consider before you commit to your purchase! 

A big part of what makes a good djembe simply depends on your style and preference. There are a lot of good djembes out there; it’s just a matter of finding one (or two, or three!) that suit you.

Here is a list of 5 things we recommend you consider when choosing your djembe: 

  1. The height and weight of the drum: Make sure you choose a drum size that compliments your body proportions. Too big/small or too light/heavy will make your drum harder to play. 
  2. Thickness of the skin: This will depend on your level of playing. Beginners usually prefer a thinner skin, while the more advanced will go for a thicker skin. 
  3. Comfort of the bearing edge: A smooth playing surface is a must for your djembe. Look out for smoothness of the edge, and any divots, dips or cracks around the edges. 
  4. Aesthetic: Looks do matter! You need to like how your djembe is designed aesthetically, your going to be looking at it a lot. 
  5. Quality of the Timber and Carving: Pay attention to both the quality of the timber the djembe is made out of, and the carvings within the wood. This can give clues as to the quality of the product.

Not all djembes were created equal! There are a lot of low-quality drums out there, made quickly and carelessly for unsuspecting tourists. Playing one of these can be very discouraging, because they sound awful no matter how well you play.  It is always best to get some advice from your teacher or a professional who can guide you to the right drum.

Finally, its all about the sound of your Djembe and the feeling you get when you play it. Don’t be afraid to give the drum a good play and see if it resonates with you. Remember too: “the drum will choose you”!

Check out our range of Djembs available online. 

Shake it up with a ‘Woso Woso’ Cane Jingler

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These beautiful cane jinglers are also called ‘Woso Woso’! You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but these gorgeously handcrafted instruments make the most delightful percussive sound when you shake it. The woso woso is a type of caxixi, similar to the kiss kass, and acts as a great shaker to cut through any ensemble. These shakers are traditionally played to accompany drummers, and they are great as accent percussion. African Drumming’s cane jinglers are hand woven from elephant reed in the Bolgatanga region of Northern Ghana, and are filled with small bells which produce a bright, pleasant jingling sound. This simple yet beautiful instrument is just another example of how our talented West African artists use elepant grass to weave a variety of sustainable products. The woso woso is a great shaker to inspire rhythm in the young, and definitely durable enough for a young muso too!

Available now in the shop or online. Get yours here.

forest regeneration project in Ghana.

We’ve nurtured 5000 + saplings!

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We are dedicated to giving back to our planet and ensuring our ventures are eco-friendly and sustainable. 

Our joint venture with Ghanaian NGO Denyigba sees the reforestation of hardwood mahogany: every time we sell an African drum, we plant and nurture a new hardwood tree to replace the wood used to build our djembes.
The number of saplings nurtured has now reached over 5000, with a further 5000 seeds purchased 💚

Learn more about our sustainability initiatives here
And follow Denyigba on Facebook here

Our favourite West African handbook has received a little re-vamp, offering insights, resources, tips and tricks.

West African Music 101

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Our favourite handbook has received a little re-vamp, offering insights, resources, tips and tricks. This 101 guide is your introduction to the world of West African music. Learn about the history, the drums and the ensemble.
Get your copy here

Australia Post details about the best time to place your orders to guarantee a Christmas time delivery. Domestic and international details.

Santa’s Delivery Deadline

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In the lead up to the busy period, Australia Post is recommending to place orders by the following dates for delivery by Christmas:

Australia wide:
Parcel Post: Order by December 12th 2020
Express Post: Order by December 19th 2020
For international orders, please visit this link

Free kiss kass shaker with every online spend of $40 and over!

A free kiss kass from Santa!

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To celebrate the nearing of Christmas we’re giving away a complimentary kiss kass shaker with every online purchase of $40 and over.
Just use the coupon code santa at checkout to claim your complimentary shaker.
Please note, this promotion is not applicable for wholesalers.
🎄🎄🎄

We’re open again!

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Victoria – we did it! Our doors are open and we’re chockablock with djembes, new instruments and xmas specials!
Our St Kilda classes are also back from November 2nd. Our beginner cycle is sold out, but we’ve got spots left for our intermediate classes.
Max of 10 students per class. Learn more here

                                                                                           

Our sister company Bashiri African Imports specialises in bringing you beautiful handmade designs from Ghana, West Africa.

Have you checked out our sister company?

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Do you love West African bolga baskets as much as we do? Check out our sister company Bashiri African Imports: bringing you the most gorgeous handmade designs from Ghana. Each basket is unique, handwoven from sustainable elephant grass by our amazing artists.

Vegan options available!

We have a wide variety of beautiful baskets available including:
Round baskets
Pot baskets
Oval baskets
Bicycle baskets
Baby baskets
Laundry baskets

View the Bashiri online shop here

Ideal for musicians looking for traditional styling and professional-quality sound at an affordable price. These Wood Bongos feature Siam Oak shells, rawhide heads and traditional rims. Available in almond and gold.

Meet our products: #3 LP Matador Bongos

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Introducing our brand new LP Matador series bongos. Ideal for musicians looking for traditional styling and professional-quality sound at an affordable price. These Wood Bongos feature Siam Oak shells, rawhide heads and traditional rims. Available in almond and gold.

Includes:
Siam Oak shells
 7-1/4″ and 8-5/8″ natural rawhide heads
 Traditional rims
 Matching conga set available
 5/16″ diameter tuning lugs, steel backing plate and plated cast aluminum bottoms
 Matching congas available
 Tuning wrench included

Check them out here

Direct from Ghana and bursting with colour, these padded cloth bags are durable and unique. Features reinforced sewn straps, a padded lid and a draw-string closure. Available in a wide variety of colours.

A home for your djembe

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Spring is here and we’ve got a new collection of djembe cloth bags from Ghana to mark the season! Available in a wide variety of colours, these cloth bags are the perfect home for your djembe.

Featuring reinforced sewn straps, a padded lid and a draw-string closure.

Handmade in Ghana, West Africa.

Shop now

Our online Teacher Training courses will enable you with the tools, skills and resources to run your own African Drumming classes.

Become an African Drumming facilitator

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Our online Teacher Training courses will enable you with the tools, skills and resources to run your own African Drumming classes.

No prior musical experience necessary and courses are available via Zoom and are aligned with the Australian Government Schools Curriculum.

Level 1
Saturday 12th September 2020 9.30am – 3.30pm (AEST)
Level 2
Sunday 13th September 2020 9.30am – 3.30pm (AEST)
Level 3
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th November 2020 9.30am – 3.30pm (AEST)

Register today 😀

We have introduced a brand new Professional Development workshop called Adjusting to Change, equipping teachers with new musical tools and resources.

Adjusting to change

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Drumming is an incredibly powerful tool in teaching and building resistance and growth in a changing world. In an effort to bring people together and equip teachers with new musical tools and resources, we have introduced a brand new Professional Development workshop called “Adjusting to Change.”
This workshop will run online via ZOOM and will be led by qualified African Drumming facilitator Brianna Slattery.

September 19th
10am-12pm (AEST): Drumming for Adaptation skills and Resilience
1pm-3pm (AEST): Drumming for Leadership skills and Confidence

Drumming for Adaptation skills and Resilience
Adapting to change has become an increasingly relevant topic in recent times. The drum is a powerful tool for teaching about and building resilience, grit and a growth mindset. Through games, rhythm activities and ensemble arrangements, we will investigate the ways in which drumming can enable us to practice coping with change. By the end of this training, you will be equipped with a range of ideas for addressing adaptation and resilience through the joy of playing music together.

Drumming for Leadership skills and Confidence
Drumming is an excellent modality for teaching skills and strategies that build and strengthen confidence. Through exploring rhythm games, ensemble arrangements and facilitation styles, we will address ways in which drumming can empower participants to engage and interact confidently. We will look at ensemble features such as leadership, collaboration, soloing and dynamics, and how these concepts can foster the development of confidence and leadership skills.

Register today

August newsie with Simon

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We’re in stage 4 lockdown here in Melbourne, but that’s not stopping us from sharing the rhythm! We have plenty of online classes and online training to keep you warm and inspired throughout August and beyond!

Online Community Class Cycle #6 – Join from August 11th 2020

Enduro Djembe August 15th 2020

Teacher Training Online Courses Level 1 & 2 on September 12th-13th 2020

Online Professional Development (Drumming for Social Connectivity and Mindfulness)August 22nd 2020

Online Professional Development (Adapting to Change) September 19th 2020

Victorian Spring Retreat November 20th – 22nd 2020

Bali Drum Camp May 16th – 26th 2021