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Why Purchase a Djembe from DjembeDirect.com?

We know you have many options for where you can purchase your djembe drum, and are happy you've found your way to our website in your search for the right drum for you. Thank you! We're confident that after comparing to other websites and stores, you'll realize that Djembe Direct is the place for you. Here's why:

We Know Djembes

We are students of the djembe as a traditional West African instrument, having learned from many African master drummers. We play djembe for West African dance classes, and perform traditional drum and dance pieces as part of a rehearsed ensemble. We teach adult djembe classes. We have traveled to Africa many times, spending time with drum carvers, learning and teaching, about how to build a quality djembe for export to the rest of the world. We have direct connections with our drum builders in five West African countries, including Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Ghana.

We have played, imported, repaired, tuned, and sold literally thousands of djembes over many years in the industry. When you buy a djembe from us, you benefit from a whole lotta djembe experience!

 

Huge Selection

As far as we know, we have the largest selection of African-made djembes anywhere in North America. We're talking about djembes from five West African countries, in six sizes, with five quality levels. This includes drums that fit children, youth, women and men, built for total beginners, students, up to legitimate professional drummers. Plus we have dozens of other authentic African drums and hand percussion, a wide variety of books and DVDs related to djembes and African drumming, and all the accessories you'll ever need.

We'd be surprised if we don't already have what you're looking for, but if not, we can get it for you on the next shipment!

Handcarved in Africa, Tuned in the USA

Every drum we sell is made in Africa and imported by Djembe Direct. Yes, our African drums are actually made in West Africa. What a concept! Each djembe is hand carved out of a solid piece of legally harvested wood in the traditional manner, using tools made by the blacksmith, then headed with a chemical-free African goat skin. In our Salt Lake City drum shop each drum is inspected, cleaned, tuned, and played, one by one, before packing and shipping to you. Yes, we give individual attention to every single drum, making sure it looks and sounds good for you right out of the box.

You should know it costs more money, and presents a lot more problems, getting drums made by individuals or small groups of carvers in Africa where communication and infrastructure is limited, than it does to purchase mass-produced djembes made in factories in large Asian cities. But we're committed to the principle of "African drums made in Africa", and we know you value it too. Many other djembe resellers don't want you to know their so-called "African" drums are really made in factories in Bali, China, Canada, or Pakistan. Hint: If you don't see country of origin listed, you can be certain is it NOT made in Africa.

 

Really Good Prices

We know our customers are intelligent comparission shoppers, and that price is a major factor in your ultimate decision about where to buy your drum. We are confident that our drums are the best valued drums on the internet. Put us to the test... take your time and browse around! When you factor in country of origin, drum size, quality of materials and craftsmanship, satisfaction guarantee, service warranty, cost of shipping, individual tuning and inspection before packing, after-sale support, AND price... you will find we beat all competitors.

DjembeDirect.com was starated as a way to provide jobs for cultural artisans in West Africa. When we keep our prices low we're able to buy more drums more often from cultural artisans in West Africa, thus contributing to the sustainability of their livelihoods.

If you find a better price on a smiliar item (size, materials, country, quality) we will match the price instantly in the shopping cart. Just look for the red PRICEMATCH link on every item page.

Better than Fair Trade

The term "fair trade" has captured the attention of many customers who are purchasing items from developing countries. Your conscience tells you to avoid products made by people who are being taken advantage of because of their poverty. You want your purchase to support importers of products who pay fair wages and treat producers with dignity and equality.

Our answer is that our African drum and percussion instruments are better than fair trade because the artisans themselves set the prices at which they sell their products. They are known by name and long term relationships are developed, often at additional expense on our part in working through quality errors or production delays. We are committed to supporting cultural artisans in their chosen trade, which means they must be able to make a living wage making their products for export.

The majority of our African instruments are made by artisans supported by non-profit Africa Heartwood Project. Please take time to learn more about this excellent organization and how their work is "Fighting Poverty One Drum at a Time".

 

Satisfaction Guarantee, Warranty, and Support

We know that purchasing musical instruments online is not ideal. But when your local music store doesn't offer you the variety, quality, and low prices available elsewhere, DjembeDirect.com is the best choice for African drum shopping online. To help put your mind at ease we offer a satisfaction guarantee on all of our products. If you are not satisfied with your purchase you can return or exchange it for any reason, no questions asked, with no restocking fees! We also offer a post-purchase warranty on all drums for 90 days... this is longer than any other online African drum retailer we know of. For full details please click to learn more about our Satisfaction Guarantee and 90-Day Warranty.

You want the peace of mind knowing that you can call us anytime, toll free, to talk to a real African drum expert about your drumming needs. We're here to give you advice, support, and encouragement as you shop for, play, and use your African drums. We have experience teaching, performing, and drum circle facilitating, and we've tuned and repaired thousands of djembes over many years. Give us a call or send an email... we're here to help! 866-DJEMBES.

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