The African drum has been a key part of African communication for centuries. It’s uses range from being a musical instrument to provide a backdrop for festivities to serving as a sounding alarm to warn of eminent danger. In some cultures, it is even used as a medium to communicate with ancestors. The Djembe of the Mandinka people, and its origins dates back to the great Mali Empire of the 12th century.
Of all the Africandrums, the djembe 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.For us at PAPE, the drum symbolizes the voice that we have as Africans. The voice that speaks of Africa for what it truly is – a land of potential and growth.