X8 Drums Blog

  • 24th Jun 2019

    Why a Kalimba is Not an Mbira

    “Kalimba” and “mbira” are often used interchangeably to describe a kalimba or an mbira. It can be pretty confusing when learning about either of these African instruments and even more confusing wh…

    Published by Kaitlin Meilert

  • 23rd Jun 2019

    How to Tune Your Djembe

    Due to the delicate nature of the materials used in a Djembe, it is normal for the drum to need periodic maintenance and tuning in order to produce its best sound and keep the drum in top for…

  • 23rd Jun 2019

    A Note About African Djembes

    Like the trees in a forest or the individual crafting a djembe by hand, traditional djembe drums are beautiful in the imperfections they hold. Understanding the history and culture of the djembe…

  • 23rd Jun 2019

    Key Tuned vs. Rope Tuned Djembe

    There are essentially two types of tuning systems found on most djembe drums - key tuned and rope tuned. To help you make a more informed decision when selecting your new djembe, I will discuss eac…