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Djembe

    The djembe is a traditional African goblet shaped drum, averaging about 61 cm in height. It features a single head stretched with ropes over a hollow body made of hard wood or fibreglass. It is played by striking the head with different parts of bare hands and fingers.

    Djembes are featured in African and World music genres.

    When you borrow a djembe from RPL, you will receive it in a case to protect it.

    An instrument in good condition makes better music. Please see our Care and Respect video below, to learn how to take care of the djembe while you have it.

    Never played before? No problem! You can also access free step-by-step video lessons for a variety of instruments through Artist Works for Libraries.

    Instrument photos courtesy of Vancouver Public Library

    Learn Djembe

    FAQs

    We have a variety of stringed instruments such as acoustic guitars (nylon-stringed and steel-stringed in vario...
    You'll need a valid Regina Public Library account in good standing with less than $10 owing in outstanding fin...
    No. Instruments are only available to Regina Public Library cardholders. They cannot be checked out with Commu...
    You can borrow an instrument by yourself! Just be sure to bring your library card (or digital barcode in our a...
    You'll need a valid Regina Public Library account in good standing with less than $10 owing in outstanding fin...
    The loan period for instruments is 21 days.
    If no one has requested that instrument, you can renew for an additional 21 days. There is a limit of two rene...
    You'll have seven days to pick up your instrument after it becomes available for pick-up. The person that plac...
    Instruments are kept at Central Library and Sherwood Village Branch. If you know which instrument you want to ...
    You'll have seven days to pick up your instrument after it becomes available for pick-up. The person that plac...
    There are books and DVDs in the library collection that can help you learn to play the instrument. Our Lynda&n...
    Instruments must be returned to the location you borrowed them from during open hours.
    A late fee of $1 per day will be added to your library account, up to $42.
    As with other library materials borrowed, you are responsible for musical instruments borrowed on your card an...
    We welcome donations of gently used stringed instruments, keyboards, and light percussion.
    We cannot accept wind instruments or pianos.
    If you'd like to donate an instrument, you can bring it to Long and McQuade (1445 McIntyre Street) or Central ...
    As with other donations to Regina Public Library, the library reserves the right to decide on the disposition ...
    No. Charitable tax receipts will not be provided for donated instruments.
    Videos
    Tutorials

    • Djembe Rhythms (lessons on Youtube)

    Helpful Links

    • West African Rhythm (rhythm and notation information)

    • Djembe Rhythms (rhythms, notations, FAQs, lessons)

    Helpful Apps

    • Djembe! (iTunes) (virtual djembe)

    • Djembe Rhythms (Google Play) (rhythm examples)

    • Djembe Fola African Percussion (Google Play) (virtual African drums)