Top Tips For Maintaining your Djembe
By: Sean Jesseau
First NEVER leave your djembe for any extended period of time in your hot car!
Heat and lack of humidity can damage your drums and even crack your heads or the wood.
Here are a few tips to keep your djembe sounding great:
- Get your djembe tuned every year (we do that!)
- Use shea butter to lubricate the skin and the drum to keep it from drying out too much and cracking.
- Keep it in a bag! This can save you from all those little bumps and bruises but can also save you from the expense of a complete head replacement. One little scrape of your drum head against a brick or pavement surface will usually mean a destroyed head and necessitate a complete head replacement. (Which we can do here if needed.)
- Always give it a big hug (2 arms) when walking through doorways. Swinging it by the extra tuning rope (which maybe you thought was a handle!) while trying to squeeze through a door is risky. When carried this way the most fragile part (the head where it wraps over the top edge) is sure to impact a doorframe, latch or brickkwork sooner or later! Give it a hug!
With proper care a Djembe can last a lifetime. For more information come on down to the store!