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How a Djembe is Made: Wood Source & Lathing (Part 1 of 2)

Do you play the djembe? If you don't, you will want to! Having and playing an authentic handcrafted djembe, or introducing one to your own collection, is great fun! At X8 Drums and Percussion, hand drums are our passion! Each environmentally-friendly, handcrafted djembe drum we build is a genuine masterpiece of design and makes an exciting conversation subject! Originating in West Africa over a 1,000 years ago, the djembe is played by hand using your fingers and palms. This …
23rd Jun 2019
How to Tune a Djembe

How to Tune a Djembe

Learn how to tune your rope tuned djembe. In this lesson you will get step by step instructions on how to create diamonds with the extra rope on your drum in order to tighten the drum head. Understand what a tuned djembe should sound like and get advanced instructions on how to create a second row of diamonds for drums that need extra tightening. Lastly you will learn how to wrap the extra rope around your drum once you finish tuning. Instruction by Kenya Masala. Features Unde …
27th Nov 2018 Kenya Masala

Developing the Pulse: the Natural Beat of the Drummer

Some people have it, some people don’t: a pulse. No, that’s not true, everyone has a pulse, but not everyone knows that.Of course, we’re speaking rhythm, not your actual pulse… but that’s a good place to start. If you put your hand on your heart, your neck or wrist, you can easily feel your heart beating, or your pulse. Even just sitting around, you can probably sense the beat of your heart as it rhythmically nourishes your body and mind. Your pulse, the beat of your heart, is a reminder …
27th Mar 2018 Kristin Stancato

NEW LP Raw Instruments

LP Raw delivers a completely new concept in percussion for percussionists! Get the thunderous punch and explosive power of Street Cans and upcycled trash can lids that make the LP Raw instruments a must-have for beat masters everywhere. LP Raw 14 in. Street Can LP Raw 16 in. Street Can LP Raw 18 in. Street Can LP Raw Jangle Bell LP Raw Sound Enhancer Jingle LP Raw Sound Enhancer Shaker …
14th Oct 2017

Cajon Inspiration

Makarito Nicasio exudes groove in his extended cajon solo / jam on the Meinl Artisan Cajon. Watch his video and pick up some new moves for your next performance! Cajon from the video: Meinl Artisan Mohena Cajon
13th Oct 2017
Why and How to Play Didgeridoo with "Didge Man" Omid Aski Laridjani

Why and How to Play Didgeridoo with "Didge Man" Omid Aski Laridjani

Omid Aski Laridjani discusses the origins of the didgeridoo and how to get the most out of your playing. The didgeridoo comes from the northern part of Australia. Many different tribes use this instrument for the same purpose; to connect to the energy and language of mother earth. The didgeridoo enables you to follow any rhythm like a shadow. Highlights from the video: 1:17 The instrument is played by buzzing your lips and that creates a drone sound. To get started …
7th Jul 2017
Mike Meadows wins 2017 Austin Music Award for Best Drummer/Percussionist

Mike Meadows wins 2017 Austin Music Award for Best Drummer/Percussionist

Congratulations to our good friend and amazing musician Mike Meadows for winning the 2017 Austin Music Award for Best Drummer/Percussionist! Mike Meadows is a professional percussionist and drummer who is sought after by recording and performing artists for his skill level with world percussion instruments. During his long career as a performer, he created an extensive wish list for customized musical instruments. In 2007 his wish list became a reality as he co-founded Swan Percussion wh …
14th Mar 2017
SXSW World Music Showcase Features X8 Drums Djun Djuns

SXSW World Music Showcase Features X8 Drums Djun Djuns

X8 Drums is proud to supply Rattletree with the djun djuns that will be used during their SXSW World Music Showcase this Wednesday at Russian House. No wristband required!Photo credit Ismael QuintanillaDrums used X8 Drums Djun Djuns …
12th Mar 2017

Thanks to The Birmingham Zoo!

Thanks to the The Birmingham Zoo who added more X8 Urban Beat djembes to their collection this week! And... new West African Djembes + my Meinl Percussion pick of the day!Meinl Percussion Pick of the DayLuis Conte Studio ShakerLuis Conte Live ShakerLuis Conte Stadium Shaker …
15th Jan 2016
Get to Know Us & Ticket Giveaway!

Get to Know Us & Ticket Giveaway!

FREE TICKETS to WORLD PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE in Austin, TX Hi, I'm Kristin. My husband, Mark, and I run X8 because we're passionate about percussion. In my personal life, I fell in love with the joyful sounds and high-vibration of African Marimba and Zimbabwean hosho shakers. For the past 2 years I've been studying and performing with the Rattletree School of Marimba ( in Austin, TX.This weekend is the culmination of so much hard work by me and m …
16th Sep 2015