Shamanic Frame Drum

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The Transformative Power of Shamanic Frame Drums: Sound Healing and Beyond

In the world of sound healing and spiritual practice, shamanic frame drums hold a revered place. These ancient instruments, often referred to as medicinal drums, have been used for centuries in various cultures for their ability to facilitate deep meditation, support ceremonial practices, and enhance overall relaxation.

The Essence of the Shamanic Frame Drum

A shamanic frame drum, typically made from a wooden frame and natural hide, is more than just a musical instrument. The drum’s rhythmic beats resonate with the human body, mind, and spirit. When played, the shaman drum produces a deep, resonant sound that can alter consciousness.

The Medicinal Drum in Ceremony

Ceremonial use of the medicinal drum is a cornerstone of many shamanic traditions. During ceremonies, the drum serves as a guide. The repetitive rhythm of the drumbeat allows individuals to connect with their inner selves and the spiritual world.

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Sound Healing with Shamanic Frame Drums

Sound healing is a holistic practice that uses sound vibrations to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The shamanic frame drum is particularly popular in this practice due to its powerful and grounding vibrations. The rhythmic drumming is believed to help release emotional blockages, reduce stress, and promote a sense of inner peace. As the drum’s sound waves travel through the body, they stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, encouraging relaxation and self-healing.

Meditation with Shamanic Drumming

Meditation is another powerful application of the shamanic frame drum. Incorporating the drum into meditation practice can deepen the experience and enhance the benefits. The consistent, rhythmic beats provide a focal point for the mind, helping to quiet mental chatter and promote a state of deep relaxation. This meditative drumming can also enhance mindfulness, increase self-awareness, and support emotional healing.

Choosing a djembe

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A Detailed Guide to Finding Your Ideal Djembe

Choosing a djembe is more than just picking any drum off the shelf. It’s about discovering that perfect instrument that resonates with you, both in sound and feel. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the intricate world of djembe selection.

Height Considerations

The height of your djembe is critical for comfort. The typical height range for djembes is between 60cm to 65cm. When seated, the rim of the drum should be a few inches above your thigh. It shouldn’t be level with your leg or more than 4 inches above it. This ensures optimal playing posture and comfort.

Skin Thickness

The hide or skin of your djembe is essential to its sound and playability. For those just starting, we recommend choosing thin or medium skins. Thinner skins are more responsive and gentler on the hands, making them perfect for beginners.

Diameter Details

The diameter of the drumhead is another important factor. The standard head size for djembes is 12 inches, but depending on your hand size and preference, you might prefer a diameter ranging from 11 inches to 14 inches. Try different diameters to find the one that feels most comfortable and produces the sound you desire.

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Wood Type

The shell material greatly affects the tone and sound quality of the djembe. Look for drums made from a single piece of timber for the best resonance. Entry-level drums often use medium-density woods, while premium djembes are crafted from hardwoods by skilled artisans. Hardwoods provide a wider and richer tonal range, making them a favorite among seasoned players and professionals.

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Additional Features

Consider extra features that may enhance your playing experience. Some drums have a Guinean aesthetic style of skinning, where the hide overlaps the rim. While this doesn’t affect the sound, it adds unique visual appeal. Additionally, rubber treads are often added to the base of the drum for protection and stability. This acts as a shock absorber and prevents slipping during intense playing sessions.

Personal Taste

Ultimately, choosing a djembe is about personal preference. Take the time to try out different drums, feel their weight, listen to their sound, and assess their playability. Consider your skill level, playing style, and budget when making your selection. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, investing in the right djembe will elevate your musical journey.

We’d love to help you find your first djembe – how exciting! We can send you a video with selected djembes, chosen just for you. Send us your details below; it’s a quick and easy way to find the best drum for you.

    Discover the Magic of Televi: Africa’s Enchanting Percussion Instrument

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    The rhythmic heartbeats of Africa have always resonated through its diverse range of percussion instruments. Among these is the captivating Televi, an instrument with many names but one unmistakable sound.

    The Origins of Televi

    The Televi traces its roots back to the vibrant cultures of West Africa. Known by various names such as Aslatua in certain regions, Kashaka in Nigeria, Cascas in Guinea, and Kasso-Kassoni in other parts, this instrument has been a staple in ceremonies, celebrations, and everyday life, echoing the spirit of African communities.

    The Unique Sound and Rhythm

    The Televi produces a sound that’s both unique and mesmerising. Its dual chambers create rhythmic patterns that can range from the soothing and melodic to the fast-paced and energetic. Its versatility is a testament to its various names and widespread appeal.

    How to Play the Televi

    Holding the Televi between your fingers and shaking it might seem simple, but mastering its rhythm is an art. For beginners, it’s all about feeling the beat and letting the instrument guide you. With practice, you’ll soon be creating complex patterns that captivate and inspire.

    The Craftsmanship Behind Our Televi

    Our Televi is crafted with the utmost precision. We source authentic materials and collaborate with skilled artisans. When you hold our instrument, you’re not just holding the Televi but also embracing its rich heritage, known across Africa by names like Aslatua, Kashaka, and more.

    Benefits of Playing the Televi

    Beyond its enchanting sound, playing the Televi offers numerous benefits. It’s a therapeutic tool, aiding in stress relief and improving hand-eye coordination. Moreover, it’s a social instrument that bridges cultures and generations, regardless of what name it’s known by in different regions.

    Incorporating Televi into Modern Music

    Modern musicians are no strangers to the allure of the Televi. From indie bands to renowned artists, many have integrated its rhythmic patterns into their tracks, proving that this instrument, with its many names, is as relevant today as it was centuries ago.

    Why Choose Our Online Shop?

    Our dedication to authenticity sets us apart. Whether you’re looking for a Televi or are curious about its other names like Aslatua or Cascas, we promise quality and a musical experience that resonates with the soul of Africa. Start exploring here.


    The Televi is more than just an instrument. It’s a story, a rhythm, and a legacy. Known by various names across Africa, its essence remains the same. We invite you to explore our collection and experience its magic firsthand.

    Maximising Your Djembe Practice: A Comprehensive Guide

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    As New Zealand’s trusted African drumming specialists, we at African Drumming NZ understand the transformative power of the Djembe. This West African percussion instrument is not just a drum; it’s a cultural symbol, a musical powerhouse, and a tool for personal growth. Whether you’re a seasoned drummer or a beginner, practicing Djembe can be a deeply rewarding experience. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Djembe practice.

    Start Slow and Steady
    One of the most effective ways to master Djembe is to practice slowly. It might seem counterintuitive, especially when you’re eager to play those fast, complex rhythms. However, slow practice allows you to focus on the nuances of each beat, ensuring that you’re hitting the drum correctly and producing the right sound. As you become comfortable with the rhythm, you can gradually increase your speed.

    Invest in a Quality Djembe
    Having your own Djembe at home significantly enhances your practice sessions. It allows you to practice at your own pace and convenience, and it also fosters a personal connection with your instrument. At African Drumming, we offer a range of premium African percussion instruments, including custom-made Djembes. Visit our drum shop to explore our collection.

    Regular Practice
    Consistency is key when it comes to learning any musical instrument, and Djembe is no exception. Regular practice not only helps you improve your skills but also builds muscle memory. This means that your hands and fingers will naturally know what to do as you play different rhythms.

    Join a Djembe Class
    Joining a Djembe class can provide a structured learning environment that’s beneficial for both beginners and experienced drummers. Our African Drumming classes and workshops are led by experienced instructors who can guide you through the intricacies of Djembe playing.

    Participate in Drumming Retreats and Festivals
    Participating in drumming retreats and festivals can provide a unique and immersive learning experience. It’s an opportunity to learn from different drummers, experience diverse drumming styles, and of course, have fun. Check out our upcoming NZ Drum and Dance Camp, a celebration of African drumming and culture.

    Practicing Djembe is more than just learning to play an instrument; it’s a journey into a rich musical tradition. By practicing slowly, investing in a quality Djembe, maintaining regular practice, joining classes, and participating in events, you can truly immerse yourself in the world of African drumming. Remember, the goal is not just to play but to feel the rhythm and make it a part of you.

    At African Drumming, we’re committed to providing a comprehensive platform for all things related to African drumming. From Djembe classes and workshops to premium African percussion instruments, we’ve got you covered. Start your African drumming journey with us today!

    forest regeneration project in Ghana.

    We’ve nurtured 5000 + saplings!

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    We are dedicated to giving back to our planet and ensuring our ventures are eco-friendly and sustainable. 

    Our joint venture with Ghanaian NGO Denyigba sees the reforestation of hardwood mahogany: every time we sell an African drum, we plant and nurture a new hardwood tree to replace the wood used to build our djembes.
    The number of saplings nurtured has now reached over 5000, with a further 5000 seeds purchased ?

    Learn more about our sustainability initiatives here
    And follow Denyigba on Facebook here

    We have introduced a brand new Professional Development workshop called Adjusting to Change, equipping teachers with new musical tools and resources.

    Adjusting to change

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    Drumming is an incredibly powerful tool in teaching and building resistance and growth in a changing world. In an effort to bring people together and equip teachers with new musical tools and resources, we have introduced a brand new Professional Development workshop called “Adjusting to Change.”
    This workshop will run online via ZOOM and will be led by qualified African Drumming facilitator Brianna Slattery.

    September 19th
    10am-12pm (AEST): Drumming for Adaptation skills and Resilience
    1pm-3pm (AEST): Drumming for Leadership skills and Confidence

    Drumming for Adaptation skills and Resilience
    Adapting to change has become an increasingly relevant topic in recent times. The drum is a powerful tool for teaching about and building resilience, grit and a growth mindset. Through games, rhythm activities and ensemble arrangements, we will investigate the ways in which drumming can enable us to practice coping with change. By the end of this training, you will be equipped with a range of ideas for addressing adaptation and resilience through the joy of playing music together.

    Drumming for Leadership skills and Confidence
    Drumming is an excellent modality for teaching skills and strategies that build and strengthen confidence. Through exploring rhythm games, ensemble arrangements and facilitation styles, we will address ways in which drumming can empower participants to engage and interact confidently. We will look at ensemble features such as leadership, collaboration, soloing and dynamics, and how these concepts can foster the development of confidence and leadership skills.

    Register today

    Our handpans, which are inspired by the traditional hang drum, are played by hand and have a rich, intimate sound, full of emotion and depth.

    Meet our products: #1 Handpan

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    Our handpans, which are inspired by the traditional hang drum, are some of our most popular and prized instruments here at African Drumming. Played by hand, rather than sticks or mallets, the handpan drum has a rich, intimate sound, full of emotion and depth. There is no specific technique or style in the art of playing a handpan and a player with patience and an open mind will be rewarded with deep layers of complexity to explore. We have a range of handpans for sale in both the master and primo series range, available in different keys and prices. Also, if you’re looking for a complimentary instrument for yoga, pilates or a sound bath, the handpan is the perfect instrument for you as they are incredibly mediative and have proven calming effects.

    View our handpan range here

    22 trees and counting! ?

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    22 trees and counting! Our tree-planting project with Ghanaian NGO company Denyigba Lorlor has been picking up momentum recently — for every African drum we sell here at the store, we organise the planting and nurturing of a new hardwood tree in Ghana. Our partnership with Denyigba is focused on forest regeneration and we’re so thrilled to see that our little project is going so well.

    On May 1, the whole community of Denyigba united and planted trees together — witnessing a beautiful collaboration of villagers, young and old. Denyigba Lorlor also works with Dream Big Ghana, a similar minded NGO focused on improving sanitation and education in Ghana.


    Djembe Solo Tip No 1.

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    For many budding djembefola, soloing in public can be the most confronting part of the musical journey… but when we tap into our creativity, learn a few helpful tips and feel relaxed, it can also be the most rewarding & exhilarating

    Here’s a quick tip to help you on your way. SPACE. Think of your djembe phrasing as a language. When we talk we need to breathe and let our sentences resonate with our audience. Let your solo breathe – less is more. One of the easiest options is to say too much, too fast and too soon with your drum language… build your story from a humble but interesting place and layer your phrases gradually. Let the rest of the rhythm rumble underneath your phrasing and listen to the cycle of the dunun as it repeats itself over and over

    As an exercise try playing just a few notes in a cycle and then wait for the cycle to repeat itself before playing again. This will allow the music to breath and will help you listen to & feel the cycle of the rhythm. From here you can add more and more and gradually build up the energy…. Repeating your ideas is a great way to reinforce your musical message too, but that is another whole topic (See Djembe Siolo Tip No 2)

    Hope this helps Djembefola

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