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Introducing our Slap Djembe range

When you first think of djembes, you might picture musical nights around the campfire at a music festival, the beach or maybe a keepsake from your travels. Djembes are now one of the most popular drums in schools, promoting a great range of physical, mental, and educational benefits. ...Read more

Introducing our Slap Djembe range

When you first think of djembes, you might picture musical nights around the campfire at a music festival, the beach or maybe a keepsake from your travels. Djembes are now one of the most popular drums in schools, promoting a great range of physical, mental, and educational benefits.

So, what if you could give your students a head start from the very beginning? Slap Djembes from Percussion Plus allow just that, with ‘how to play’ directions screen-printed directly on the drumheads. This supports the teacher and the student, allowing everyone to fully engage with the instrument at first sight.

From booming, load bass tones to whip-crack highs, Slap Djembes have been recognised across the education sector for offering landmark possibilities for group teaching and solo study.

Each synthetic drum shell has a beautiful, heat-sealed cotton cloth exterior with bright, West African inspired designs that draw the attention of any player. The rubber no-scuff base protects your floor and the instrument for durability that lasts a lifetime.

Slap Djembes are available in rope-tuned, pre-tuned, and mechanically tuned models. The rope-tuned range has 8”, 10” and 12” options, the pre-tuned range comes in 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” models, and the mechanically tuned comes in 8”, 10”, and 12” sizes.

The printed heads on these instruments have the three main sounds of Bass, Tone and Slap depicted with universal graphics. This helps these djembes to be accessible for any player and allows teachers, even with little experience, to demonstrate the djembe. With Slap Djembes it is easy to incorporate djembe drumming into your school curriculum.

Features include:
Screen printed heads with suggested playing techniques
Range of sizes available to equip your school, music hub, institution, or drum circle
Handy applications for music therapy
All djembes are supplied with a strap
Accompanying resource Andy Gleadhill’s Slap Djembe by the renowned percussionist, educator and author
Available as pre-tuned, rope tuned or mechanically tuned models
Complete the drum group with a Slap Djembe djun djun, also called a Dun Dun, Dundunba, Sangban or kenkeni
Classroom packs in 10 and 15 player sizes – great savings for schools and music hubs
Expand your ensemble with the Slap Percussion range of instruments

About the Slap Djembe

Djembe drumming is thought to have originated in West Africa in the 12th Century where it was played by the Mandinke tribe. It has certainly been a part of cultural rituals in Mali, Guinea, Senegal and other neighbouring West African countries for generations, with strong links to singing and dancing at festivals and ceremonies. These instruments have long been a popular choice for classroom music teaching as well as team building workshops since they offer a level playing field for students of all musical abilities.

With Slap Djembe, you get more than just incredible djembes which feel great to play. They are easy to integrate into wider percussive ensembles, especially with the full range of Slap Percussion instruments which adds extra tones and techniques into your music making.

The distinct styling of the Slap Djembe range really helps these instruments stand out and add vibrant colour to any stage or music instrument store. A range of sizes are available in pre-tuned, rope tunes and mechanically tuned drums to suit all needs and budget requirements.

Andy Gleadhill’s Slap Djembe teaching book for schools

Unsure of where to start? The Slap Djembe resource by Andy Gleadhill provides 12 varied and exciting rhythms from around the globe in a range of difficulties. Each rhythm or tune can be taught over a 10 week period and fits perfectly into KS2 and KS3 music education. It is the perfect introduction to playing and teaching the djembe.

The notation system, developed by Percussion Plus, makes this book easy to understand for a variety of learners and a joy to teach from. It combines standard western notation with symbols for the bass, tone, and slap which demonstrates how to play the drum. This marries perfectly with the Percussion Plus Slap Djembes that have the bass, tone, and slap symbols printed on the head of the drum, but can be used with any djembe or similar drum.

Slap Djembe packs for education

Our range of Slap Djembe packs offer schools the easiest and most cost effective way to buy multiple djembes – perfect for setting up drum groups or kitting out your classroom with instruments for interactive djembe lessons. And now with each pack for 10 players and more, Andy Gleadhill’s ‘Slap Djembe’ resource is included!

Mechanically tuned Slap Djembe pack – 3 players: One each of 8", 10", & 12" mechanically tuned djembes
Mechanically tuned Slap Djembe pack – 10 players: 6 x 8", 3 x 10", 1 x 12" mechanically tuned djembes
Mechanically tuned Slap Djembe pack – 15 players: 8 x 8", 5 x 10", 2 x 12" mechanically tuned djembes

Pretuned Slap Djembe pack – 4 players: One each of 6", 8", 10", & 12" pre-tuned djembes
Pretuned Slap Djembe pack – 10 players: 4 x 6", 4 x 8", 1 x 10", 1 x 12" pre-tuned djembes
Pretuned Slap Djembe pack – 15 players: 5 x 6", 5 x 8", 3 x 10", 2 x 12" pre-tuned djembes

Rope tuned Slap Djembe pack – 3 players: One each of 8", 10", & 12" rope tuned djembes
Rope tuned Slap Djembe pack – 10 players: 6 x 8", 3 x 10", 1 x 12"" rope tuned djembes
Rope tuned Slap Djembe pack – 15 players: 8 x 8", 5 x 10", 2 x 12"" rope tuned djembes

Build your own blended ensemble with a mix of sizes and styles, or contact our sales team to create the perfect pack for your music department. We have individual djembe drums and djembe class packs in stock and ready to ship to schools and homes with worldwide shipping options available.

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