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

And the voices rang like the angles sang, singing
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


music, drum, macro, percussion, instruments, djembe, dawne olson, beat, african, rhythem


  • Robert Goulet
    Robert Gouletalmost 6 years ago

    This is fabulous Dawne!!! Love it:)

  • Thank you very much!

    – Dawne Olson

  • Leah Highland
    Leah Highlandalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful detail you’ve captured. very nice.

  • Thanks Leah! I appreciate your vist and kind comments on my work today! :0)

    – Dawne Olson

  • Jim Caldwell
    Jim Caldwellalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot, Dawne

  • Much thanks Jim! xx

    – Dawne Olson

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 6 years ago

    What a fantastic capture and its a great intrument !! Good luck on learning to play it !!!

  • Thank you Mariola! Its her birthday today everyone! Go give her a virtual hug! xo

    – Dawne Olson

  • eaglewatcher
    eaglewatcheralmost 6 years ago

    this is a wonderful image!! Love the point of focus!

  • thank you Michael… appreciate your visit and supportive remarks!

    – Dawne Olson

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 6 years ago

    beautifully captured!

  • Thanks Maggie!!

    – Dawne Olson

  • Shell59
    Shell59almost 6 years ago

    Hey this is a Beautiful shot!! Your talented perspective
    ceases not to amaze me!! I would have been trying to
    show the skin or something. You didn’t need to!

  • Thanks Mike! I took some photographs of it that way as well.. decided to keep the focus on the wood, cords and hair on the drumhead instead. It took me a while to figure out tho!

    – Dawne Olson

  • velveteagle
    velveteaglealmost 6 years ago

    This is a great detail shot.. I have no idea at all what it looks like but its a drum like you use your hand or a club to make the noise ? I guess I will have to look it up.. I think it would be cool to play outback when the sun is reaching it early point of rise..

  • Thanks for your comment.. it is a hand drum, about 3ft. high and it is played similar to the way a bongo or conga drum is played.

    – Dawne Olson

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 6 years ago

    Great persepctive Dawne, love the leatherwork especially.

  • richardseah
    richardseahalmost 6 years ago

    Great detailed study. Fine example of Still Life art.

  • Thank you for your appraisal… I appreciate your comment.

    – Dawne Olson

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