Definition of djembe in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʒɛmbə
, ˈʒɛmbeɪ/


  • A kind of goblet-shaped hand drum originating in West Africa.
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    • I then used it to record additional percussion, including tambourine, djembe, shaker and bass drum.
    • Acoustic drums (especially djembes, with the aforementioned bass tone) allow you to physically feel the frequencies generated, as opposed to just hearing them.
    • Perched on an overstuffed cushion before the wood stove was a Buddha-shaped woman of fifty dressed in purple and playing a small hand drum called a djembe, which was tucked between her crossed legs.


French djembé, from Mande jembe.

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