African Drumming “Djembe” Documentary

African Drumming Documentary

The documentary was produced by Nqobile “Q” Mafu. African drumming is our final year project. The documentary talks about the history of djembe and how djembe is made. The documentary will give an insight of a djembe and its use. The djembe has a great cultural heritage in Africa. Although similar in cultural use and significance too many countries and tribes on the African continent.

It has become extremely sought after in the Western world and is regarded as the most popular. This drum has inspired master drum makers now found all over the world. A djembe (jem-be) (also spelled djembé, jembe, jenbe, djimbe, jimbe, or dyinbe) is a rope-tuned skin-covered drum played with bare hands. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. The djembe is a goblet-shaped, West-African hand drum from 11” to 14” in diameter and about 24” in height. Technically, it belongs to the family of musical instruments known as membranophones, because it consists of a shell covered by a membrane of rawhide, usually derived from goat or cow. Ideally, the shell is hand-carved from a single piece of hardwood that results in a Helmholtz resonator, giving it a deep-throated bass.

The following people who made this project a success

Tongesayi Gumbo
Songo Drumming
Vuka Africa Arts
Siyaya Arts
Lyasa Arts
…and many more

Produced and Directed by Nqobile Mafu
Written and narrated by Irine Bogonko
Edited by Nqobile Mafu
Camerapeople; Nqobile and Irine Bogonko

This documentary was released on YouTube on the 28th of February 2012. Filmed last year in December

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