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Fair Trade African Djembe Drum, "Wise Man"

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Ernestina Oppong infuses the acumen of Ghanaian culture into this handcrafted djembe drum. The moon and star form a duet known as Bosom na Nworaba, complemented by the nyansapow symbol, meaning "only a wise man can undo a wise knot." Traditionally a drum used in the voodoo rituals of Benin, this piece will certainly find a place in your musical repertoire.

Oppong combines a passion for carving with music, resulting in traditional instruments with contemporary flair. Tweneboa, a kind of hardwood, provides the body for the drum; its golden tone highlighting the engaging designs. Oppong applies shoe and mansion polish to enhance the wood's smooth, radiant appearance. Iron rod rings are attached to the mouth of the drum and wrapped with cotton to prevent rusting. Through these rings nylon ropes are double-woven, securely fastening the goatskin to the wood.

To play, sit on the edge of a chair with ankles crossed, the top of the drum fitting neatly between the knees as the base of the drum rests behind the heels. This way the drum is angled away from the player. Sitting up straight with hands resting on the drum's playing surface, the wrists should become flat and this is the position to create the standard djembe sounds. Djembes produce three basic sounds: bass, tone, and slap.

BASS: With the hand flat and fingers together, place the hand at the dimension of two fists above the center of the playing surface. Allow the hand to strike and bounce back to the original position above the center.
TONE: This is the high-pitched sound produced by striking the top surface nearest the edge with firmly placed fingers.
SLAP: Strike the playing surface's edge first with the heel of the hand, and then allow the fingers to naturally bounce down towards the drum's center.

  • 6.20 kgs
  • 13.7 lbs
  • 64.8 cm H x 38.1 cm Diam.
  • 25.5" H x 15" Diam.

  • Tweneboa wood
  • Instrument Rating: Beginner quality, intended for casual use
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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05/10/2018

"Love my new drum!"

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Just received my new djembe drum Wise Man. It is beautiful and has a wonderful voice. This is the second drum I have purchased from Oppong and I would recommend her work to anyone how asks. It will be cherished for many long years to come!

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Wise Man, Fair Trade African Djembe Drum

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04/17/2021

"I love my drum"

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I have played this drum at many a Peaceweaver Gathering. This drum brings me joy.

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03/16/2021

"Spectacular!"

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Im not an expert on African art, so when I would see masks for hundreds of dollars in a shop I would not know what I was paying for. But this mask is just as beautiful and it supports living artists at a price I can afford. I am so happy I got this mask, and as soon as Im out of lockdown I look forward to showing it to my friends!!

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wood metal carving serene

Best Uses

  • decorative

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03/06/2021

"I love this"

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I have this one on a wall cutout between kitchen and living room, and its beautiful. Happy with this purchase.

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Noble Zebra, Fair Trade African Wood Wall Mask Carved by Hand in Ghana

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12/26/2020

"masque correct, mais ......."

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Masque correct, mais qui nest pas celui de la photo. La girafe est beaucoup plus fonc?e, mais le probl?me est surtout l?l?phant qui est dune couleur orange fluo, rien ? voir avec la photo, + la trompe et le front ne sont absolument pas sculpt?s, ils sont tout lisses.. Je vais devoir repeindre l?l?phant, car retourner le masque est trop contraignant, et aurait un co?t.

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  • d?coration

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Animal Kingdom I, African Animal Wall Mask Hand Carved from Wood

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08/28/2020

"outstanding"

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The detail and colors come alive. This is a very very nice piece

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Ernestina supports and provides for her grandchildren's education.

Ernestina Oppong Asante has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1600 and the most recent for $800. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of wood and paints, as well as leather for the drums.

This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.

The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.

Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.

 
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