Bembe Drum Circle Ensemble with Bill Matthews
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Check out this great groove to try at your next drum circle. This video is lead by our friend Bill Matthews. His full instructional "How to Play the Djembe DVD" is available now.
The Bembe rhythm is from the Afro-Cuban genre that is now commonly heard in modern Latin, Jazz and Rock music. Bembe Shango honors Shango, the Yoruban Orisha of Lightning, Thunder, Drums, Dancing and Yams. Musically, this rhythm is exciting because it can be played at many different tempos and still have a great sound.
Instruments Used above:
Bembe Shango history from songtrellis.com
Mavembe Tuned Mbira #1
High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba #3
X8 Drums Dundun, Sangban
Meinl Python Djembe Drum with Free Percussion
Meinl Fiberglass Ibo Drum, Large
X8 Drums 7" Calfskin Headed Tambourine
Gretsch New Classic Series Drum Set, Black Sparkle