Each year we travel to West Africa in search of amazing djembes. Over the past decade, African Drumming has been fostering relationships with the master carvers of Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and now Guinea. We’re also established in Bali where we develop affordable, quality djembe drums that form our Indo Range. All of our drums are covered by warranty, and we stand by our reputation of producing world class djembe drums. Watch Video of our Collection

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Master Series Djembes

We hand pick the very best, immaculate shells from our most experienced carvers across West Africa. We skin & finish the drums here in Melbourne to the highest standards on the market. Only the best hardwood shells from the best carvers make this grade. The symmetrical shells consist of 90% heartwood or more, the tonal range and quality of the shells are outstanding. Each hide are carefully balanced to suit the dynamics of each drum to maximise its voice. Each djembe looks as good as it sounds too with additional time invested in sanding, oiling and polishing the shells. There are plenty of outstanding soloist drums in this range and rich accompaniment drums too. You’ll find drums from Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast here, and a wide range of hardwoods available including Khadi, Lenke, Dugarra, Numu and Djala.

We offer LIFE LONG TUNING on every African Djembe bought from us. Just drop your drum in our St Kilda shop and we’ll do our best to crank it on the spot for you, or you can pick it up the next day. We’ll also give you advice on how to best look after your drum. Click the cart link below to view our Master series djembe's watch our video for more details on our Master series djembes.

Primo Series Djembes

Primo Series – Quality African Hardwoods

The first tier in the West African hardwoods, the density of these shells provides noticeable depth of sound. These high-quality djembes get a little extra time put into their playing edges and outer shell too, making them easy to play and easy on the eye. All Primo Series djembes have a full range of pure sounds and have a variety of shapes, sizes and characteristics.
Timbers in this range include dense Lenke, Djala, Khadi timbers as well as Melina (Golden hardwood) and Iroko

We offer LIFE LONG TUNING on every African Djembe bought from us - Just drop your drum in our St Kilda shop and we’ll do our best to crank it on the spot for you, or you can pick it up the next day. We’ll also give you advice on how to best look after your drum. Click the cart link below to view our primo series djembe's watch our video for more details on our Primo series djembes.

Ghana Series Djembes

Ghana Series

There’s nothing like a djembe from the motherland! Perfect entry level drums which offer impressive quality at very competitive prices. Made from medium density Twenaboa timber, these djembes feature big basses, producing a deep low end sound that has always been popular. Easy to play with traditional and contemporary carvings to boot, the Ghana series is available in a range of sizes from 10” – 14”.

We offer LIFE LONG TUNING on every African Djembe bought from us -Just drop your drum in our St Kilda shop and we’ll do our best to crank it on the spot for you, or you can pick it up the next day. We’ll also give you advice on how to best look after your drum. Click the cart link below to view our Ghana series djembe's or watch our video for more details on our Ghana series djembes.

Indo Series Djembes

Quality djembes at prices for everyone. This Series has drums for all ages, from kids to teenagers to adults. These drums feature high tensile rope, natural goat skins and our signature “Comfort Curve” playing edge. Read more about the African Drumming Indo Series difference.

Buying for Kids & Teenagers

Here’s a quick guide to selecting an age-appropriate djembe. Keep in mind that young drummers grow fast, so consider getting a drum they can grow into and still enjoy in years to come.

2yrs – 6yrs……. The Mini Djembe
4yrs -10yrs…… The Junior Djembe – see our Kids Starter Pack
10yrs +…………The All Rounder or a 10″ Ghana Series – see our Young Drummers Pack
12yrs +…………The Classic or a shorter drum from the Ghana Series – see our Teen Smasher Pack
14yrs +…………The Super Series or a drum from the Ghana Series – see our Afro Starter Pack

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Second Grade Series Djembes

The drums in this Series are a little rough around the edges but still have beautiful music to give. You’ll find a range of djembes here: some are pre-loved, others are new but have imperfections. We always describe why the drum has been listed in this category; their flaws are usually cosmetic or just the result of being used. As with all of our drums, they undergo careful inspection to ensure that there is no damage that would affect the drums structural integrity. These djembes are covered under our standard warranty so you can purchase with confidence, knowing that we still love the preloved and stand by them!

We offer LIFE LONG TUNING on every African Djembe bought from us - Just drop your drum in our St Kilda shop and we’ll do our best to crank it on the spot for you, or you can pick it up the next day. We’ll also give you advice on how to best look after your drum. Click the cart link below to view our second grade series djembe's watch our video for more details on our Second Grade series djembes.

Vegan Series Djembes

We know that animal products are not for everyone, so we’ve designed a drum that suits your needs without sacrificing sound quality and depth

Our new range of “Vegan djembes” are great for the following reasons
– No animal products used in their construction
– Bright top end and deep bass
– Durable synthetic head
– Not effected by rain and humidity so it stays in tune longer
– Made from sustainably sourced eco-friendly plantation mahogany

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Master Series Shells

The cream of the crop! Immaculate top line shells from our carvers across West Africa.
All these shells are in great symmetry and will provide the best sound quality and aesthetic.
Choose between two styles of finishing. One allows you to put some extra love into the building process, whilst the other has the shell ready to be skinned straight away.

Standard Finish
Premium, faultless African Hardwood shells from Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso
Cleaned with hot soapy water to remove excess Shea butter and dirt
Bearing edges prepared down to 40Grit
One coat of clear Danish oil to preserve the timber
We recommend more work (sanding up to 400 grit) to the bearing edge. The shell may also be worked on further or ready to skin.

Delux Finish
Premium, faultless African Hardwood shells from Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso
Cleaned with hot soapy water to remove excess Shea butter and dirt
Bearing edges prepared down to a glassy 400 Grit – the ultimate comfort curve!
Depending on the style of shell, we may sand down to 240-400 Grit. We tend not to sand the body of shells with external scalloping chisel technique
Two to three coats of clear Danish oil to preserve and texture the timber.
Shell is fully finished and ready to skin

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Primo Series Shells

Quality hardwood shells from our carvers across West Africa.
Shells may have very minor imperfections but never any structural issues
Most of our Primo series shells come with a “Standard Finish” although occasionally we put some extra love into the shell so it’s ready to skin

Standard Finish
Premium, faultless African Hardwood shells from Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso
Cleaned with hot soapy water to remove excess Shea butter and dirt
Bearing edges prepared down to 40Grit
One coat of clear Danish oil to preserve the timber
We recommend more work (sanding up to 400 grit) to the bearing edge. The shell may also be worked on further or ready to skin.

Click the cart link below to view our primo series shells or watch our video for more details on our Primo series shells.

Second Grade Shells

Shells with minor imperfections right up to shells with more structurally based issues.
From the ugly duckling to the wonky (out of shaped) head there are shells here of all persuasions.
They are great value shells that require different amounts of love to bring them up to full integrity.
If you are a drum builder who loves working with quality timbers then this may be your paradise!
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