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Air Mail Music: African Drums Audio CD – Jan 7 2003

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Playasound (Jan. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00007KFRR
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14 x 0.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,118,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am reviewing this little known CD in the U.S. as a percussionist. The usual format for playing Djembe is to play within a group. The Djembe is an hourglass shape larger drum made out of Tweneboah, Mango, Mahogany, Rosewood or other indigenous and/or resonant woods. They are usually made out of one peice of a tree trunk with goatskin drumheads stretched by intricate, interwoven, nylon marine roping. The Djembe is usually played in groups of two or three players, and with a Djundjun player keeping the pace with a bass rhythm while playing a cowbell in counterpoint. This album provides long periods of time of solo Djembe, and the playing is excellent. It is somewhat rare to hear solo Djembe. If you follow rhythms in your head and interwoven tracks of rhythm, this is a showpeice. The hands are moving very fast with slap, tone and bass strikes. I have played along with my own Djembe, and this has been great fun (although hard to keep pace). If you enjoy African music and percussion, this is a good album to add to a collection for astounding solo drum playing.
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this is the way it should be done. this is the way it should sound. these are master musicians.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa23eda74) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa242f4d4) out of 5 stars Smokin' African Djembe Drums Aug. 21 2003
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am reviewing this little known CD in the U.S. as a percussionist. The usual format for playing Djembe is to play within a group. The Djembe is an hourglass shape larger drum made out of Tweneboah, Mango, Mahogany, Rosewood or other indigenous and/or resonant woods. They are usually made out of one peice of a tree trunk with goatskin drumheads stretched by intricate, interwoven, nylon marine roping. The Djembe is usually played in groups of two or three players, and with a Djundjun player keeping the pace with a bass rhythm while playing a cowbell in counterpoint. This album provides long periods of time of solo Djembe, and the playing is excellent. It is somewhat rare to hear solo Djembe. If you follow rhythms in your head and interwoven tracks of rhythm, this is a showpeice. The hands are moving very fast with slap, tone and bass strikes. I have played along with my own Djembe, and this has been great fun (although hard to keep pace). If you enjoy African music and percussion, this is a good album to add to a collection for astounding solo drum playing.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa242f87c) out of 5 stars ........wow........... Dec 27 2003
By blake a methena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this is the way it should be done. this is the way it should sound. these are master musicians.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa242f960) out of 5 stars Off-putting instrument accomanies the drumming Nov. 9 2010
By Zoe B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I had high hopes for this CD based on previous reviews. I wanted pure djembe drumming from a master. The problem was I had no idea this master attached these metal things to his drum, which produces this irritating vibration that sounds sort of like, I don't know, like one of those shaker instruments, only not as nice. It's hard to describe, but for me it really cut into the pure, masterful tones of the drum itself. I found it so distracting that I couldn't bear to listen to the CD more than once. Only 1 or 2 tracks on the entire CD were without this awful noise. Granted those 1 or 2 tracks were fantastic drumming that I enjoyed them immensely (the man IS a master) but I'm not keeping a CD just to listen to 1 or 2 tracks. Very disappointing. That's the last time I buy music solely on user reviews.

I would've given it 1 star, but to be fair, my dislike is purely on a personal level. The drummer really is talented, but I just hated the sounds coming out of this CD, plus the volume is fairly low.
HASH(0xa242f6cc) out of 5 stars Love the beat of the drums on this CD Feb. 22 2015
By Ray R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love the beat of the drums on this CD. Not big on reviews but recommend this to anyone who loves drum music and some of Jazz
By Terence M. Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
a true rendition of djembe drumming at its very best a must for anyone who wants a drumming cd,well done

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