India’s only school for West-African (Djembe) Drumming
“The djembe knows not, whether the hand that plays it is rich or poor, male or female, old or young. The djembe only wants to be played well. That’s when magic happens!” – Grandmaster Djembefola Mamady Keïta.
A goblet shaped percussion instrument from West Africa, made out of a hollowed out piece of hardwood with a leather skin that is held fast with ropes that are pulled vertically.
There are three cylindrical bass drums that accompany a traditional djembe ensemble which are called the Dununba, the Sangban and the Kenkeni in decreasing order of size.
Traditionally, the Djembe accompanies almost every social occasion from marriages, baptism, welcoming an important visitor to celebrating a god harvest or sacred rituals. Since India has a very rich musical culture and boasts of many folk instruments that are tied in with the fabric of everyday life, it becomes easier to appreciate the commonalities between certain Indian and African traditions.
Come learn the djembe at India’s only school for West African drumming and embody the spirit of the very instrument that symbolizes joy and peace and truly experience ‘Anke Dje Anke Be’, which literally means ‘we gather together to drum for peace’.Our teachers at the Taal Inc. School of Rhythm have been trained by Varun Venkit who has been blessed and certified by the grandmaster djembefola Mamady Keita (the President of TamTam Mandingue International – a global school of the djembe) as India’s first professor of the djembe.