Definition of djembe in English:

djembe

noun

  • A kind of goblet-shaped hand drum originating in West Africa.

    • ‘The traditional percussion instruments in Diallo's ensemble include the djembe and a small, loud Senegalese drum called the mbalax.’
    • ‘Perched on an overstuffed cushion before the wood stove was a Buddha-shaped woman of fifty dressed in purple and playing a small hand drum called a djembe, which was tucked between her crossed legs.’
    • ‘While most definitely blues, he pulls in musical elements of other traditions into his music; some of his pieces have a definite East Indian influence, while others use African instruments such as the mbira and djembe.’
    • ‘I then used it to record additional percussion, including tambourine, djembe, shaker and bass drum.’
    • ‘Acoustic drums (especially djembes, with the aforementioned bass tone) allow you to physically feel the frequencies generated, as opposed to just hearing them.’

Origin

French djembé, from Mande jembe.

Pronunciation

djembe

/ˈʒɛmbeɪ//ˈʒɛmbə/