History of the Djembe

The history of the Djembe is a story filled with folklore and myth.  According to legend, it is said to have originated from someone who banged too hard on a mortar punched a hole straight through and consequently, had the bright idea to use a goatskin to make a drum, hence the goblet shape of…

The African Drum Museum at Drum Cafe Johannesburg

  Drum Café has created a unique museum of traditional African instruments that is based at our main office in Johannesburg, South Africa. This historical display boasts a wide range of traditional African instrument; including an assortment of extremely rare and large African drums, Kudu horns, ancient marimbas, traditional flutes, shakers, bows, Zulu shields and…

Traditional Music of South Africa

The Drum Cafe’s book, “Traditional Music of South Africa” is the first comprehensive overview of indigenous South African music. “Traditional Music of South Africa”, written by Laurie Levine and published by Jacana, is a 286-page book highlighting the music of 11 South African traditional groups and the instruments they use, including the uhadi bow, the mbira and…