The Djembe

 

A Djembe (pronounced JEM-bay) also known as djimbe, jenbe, jembe; is a skin covered hand drum, shaped like a large goblet, and meant to be played with bare hands.

It is a member of the membranophone family of musical instruments: a frame or shell (in the djembe's case it is a shell) covered by a membranedrumhead made of one of many products, usually.

The djembe originated in West Africa, and is an integral part of the region's musical tradition and culture. The djembe is now popular all over the world.