Publication Date

Spring 2003


Drums have been a vital part of African traditions and celebrations for thousands of years. They play an immense role in Africa's rich oral history. Through the drum, the joys sorrows and every day passages of an entire people are documented, celebrated and mourned. The Djembe is a Guinean drum that is played throughout Africa. The Djembe along with other instruments are used to play Drum-dance songs during festivals and seasonal celebrations. Unfortunately, women are seldom included in these events. As a woman of African descent, I chose to learn how to play the Djembe and researched its history and women's involvement in drumming.