Mad Djembes has been importing quality djembe drums and other percussion instruments from Madagascar since 2000. We have a range of different colours, sizes and designs.
Drums are made from wood sourced from fast growing trees – sova, voranga and felambika, which are in plentiful supply in Madagascar. This means the drums are lighter and more eco friendly than the West African djembes, which are made from slower growing, harder woods. The Madagascan djembes are known for the quality of the carvings and the superior look and finish of the end product. Carvings are traditional Malagasy style and patterns, as well carvings done specifically for the South African market, such as the Big 5 animals. Carvings can be customised if required, although there will generally be a long lead time required to get this done. Drums are completely hand made at 2 separate locations in Madagascar. The drum shells are carved out by villagers in a forest 200km west of the capital, Antananarivo and the detailed carving, skinning and finishing is done at a rustic “factory” in Fenerive, 20km, outside Tana. This provides employment for around 15 workers for the 3 or 4 months it takes to complete each order.
“The possibilities of percussion sounds, I believe, have never been fully realized” – Charles Ivez