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Slowly, Slowly The Bird Builds Its Nest…

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Originally published August 2005 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. You cannot learn the djembe overnight. This is impossible. Djembe is a lifetime learning experience. You can never stop learning wi...

Don’t Tell the Master to Wipe Your Ass

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. Never judge a person before you know them. I have heard so many incredible stories from Abdoulaye regarding embarrassing inc...

The “Ripping” and “Shredding” of Traditional Djembe

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. People play djembe for a variety of reasons. Some play for fun. Some play because they want to show off. Some play to attract a mat...

GOOD NEWS! You’ll Never Know the Djembe!

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. Absolutely. It is nice to know that our studies of this drum and African culture have no end. This means that if you are having fun...

There is Only One Mande

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. Many people in the djembe community are talking about “Guinea Style”, “Mali Style”, “Senegalese Style”, etc. It seems that separati...

Series: Jeremy Chevrier’s Djembe Essays

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We're happy to republish a handful of articles originally written a decade ago by Jeremy Chevrier, founder of Rootsy Records as well as The Djembe Hotel in Bamako, Mali. Jeremy, and the recordings he re...

The Need for Speed

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. In the past, speed was only one skill or facet of being a good djembe player. Today it has become one of the most important...

You Can’t Force The Djembe…

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Originally published May 2005 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. My teacher Abdoulaye Diakite has told me many times that, "If you try to force the djembe, the djembe will force you.". His teacher Su...

The Djembe is My Religion

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. Why not? Everything that I have learned from the Religions of the world I have found within the djembe. Treat people kindly ...

How Much Money Does Wisdom Cost?

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. How much money do you have to pay a master to teach djembe? If you paid the master $100 for an hour-long private class should you g...

Djembe Friends are My Best Friends

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. My best friends have come through associations within my studies of the djembe. I have met so many wonderful people since I have st...

The Incredible Djembe!

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Originally published April 2006 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. The djembe never ceases to amaze me. Once you embark on the path of the djembefola your life will continually change and grow along ...

Djembe Happiness in UnHappy Times…

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Originally published December 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. We are living in some very tough times these days. If we only worry about all the stressful news and economic problems we are fac...

1 Drummer, 2 Drummers, 3 Drummers MORE?

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. How many drummers make a good ensemble? 3 djembes and 2 dunun players? Hmmm… How about 4 Djembe accompaniments and 1 soloist and on...

Thank God for Our Djembe Community!

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Originally published January 2005 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. What an amazing community it is! I have met so many interesting people through my studies of the djembe. I often tell my students ...

Is It My Turn to Solo Yet?

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. My teacher always emphasizes the value of good accompaniment. Accompaniment is number one. If a djembe player cannot play really go...

The “Other Dimension” of the Djembe

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. The djembe has the power to transport people to other dimensions, or at least that’s what it seems to me. I have played many times ...

Humility : #1 Criterion for Djembe Master

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. A true djembe master is humble. I have never met a master drummer who was not humble. I have met good drummers who were arrogant bu...

The Djembe Can bring New Opportunities…

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Originally published October 2005 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. Once you embark on the path of the djembe you will learn so much. You will meet so many different kinds of people with so many dif...

The Difference between Soko, Sogo, Sojo and Soho

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Originally published August 2004 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. There is a lot of confusion in the djembe community surrounding rhythms called by slightly different names or rhythms with the same...

It Feels So Good To Hit The Djembe…

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Originally published April 2006 by Jeremy Chevrier on his Djembe Essays Blog. It really does. Let's admit it. And the better you get the better it feels. There is nothing better than hitting your djembe when ...