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Which is Best - Wooden or Synthetic Djembe Drums?


The dilemma facing many looking to purchase a djembe drum is whether to go for a traditional wooden djembe or the more modern fibreglass djembe. The Djembe Drum Shop would like to help make this decision easier by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each drum type. The main factors determining which drum type will be most suitable are the players’ level of ability and the environment in which they will mostly be playing the drum.

The appeal of the traditional wooden djembe drum is hard to resist. The hand carved wooden shell is a work of art and the sound achieved from the real goat skin head is that of warm and deep tones. This type of drum is preferred by professional recording musicians and recreational players. With it, this type of djembe carries a huge amount of heritage and for that reason it is played worldwide by performers.

The synthetic drum is usually made from fibreglass or similar material and also has a synthetic drum skin. This type of drum is more forgiving to the novice drummer. The fibreglass drums generally come in an array of colours and designs and really emit that carnival spirit. These drums also appeal to the younger player, making them ideal for school music groups and performing arts groups. These synthetic drums also offer a practical solution for those artists who perform outdoors as they can withstand changes in temperature and damp conditions.

Ruth Williams of the Djembe Drum Shop comments “We sell both wooden and synthetic djembe drums through our online store but the wooden djembe seems to be the most popular choice. The craftsmanship which goes into producing a traditional style djembe and the sounds which can be produced from them makes it easy to see why.”

If you are still unsure which djembe is best for you, then why not take a look at the various styles and types of djembes which are available at the Djembe Drum Shop, visit

About Us
Since 2009, the Djembe Drum Shop has been retailing a range of traditional ethnic percussion instruments and their more modern counterparts from their website at Products include djembe drums in varying sizes and styles, percussion shakers, children’s musical instruments as well as accessories such as djembe bags and straps. All their traditional musical instruments are hand-crafted by master craftsmen and imported under established Fair Trade conditions.


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