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Djembe Drum

Dawne Olson

Vermillion, United States

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The name djembe (JEM-bay) is taken from the saying “anke dje, anke be” which translates everyone gather together

We grew up with a great appreciation for music in my family. My grandfather played the accordian, guitar, piano, saxaphone and clairinet. My kids all play one instrument or two (Trombone, Saxaphone, Flute, Piano, Drums)
Myself, I play the clarinet (not often though), the piano, and recently trying to learn a little on the djembe drum. At this point I do it more justice photographing it than playing it. It has a warm, earthy primal sound and I love to hear it played well! Still a goal for me to try to learn it!
For more information and a sound sample click here

To hear a song that inspires me to want to learn to play (besides on the steering wheel of my jeep!) click here!

Like a gift from the heavens
It was easy to tell
It was love from above that could save me from hell
She had fire in her soul
It was easy to see
How the devil himself could be pulled out of me
There were drums in the air as she started to dance
Every soul in the room keeping time with their hands and we sang

[Chorus]
A-yo-a-yo-a-yo-a
And the voices rang like the angles sang, singing
A-yo-a-yo-a-yo-a
And we danced on into the night [2x]

Like a piece to the puzzle that falls into place
You could tell how we felt from the look on our faces
We was spinning in circles with the moon in our eyes
No room left to move in between you and I
We forgot where we were and we lost track of time
And we sang to the wind as we danced through the night

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