Hand Carved Djembe Drum, "Colors of Africa"
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The colors of Africa appear in bright beads and hand-loomed kente cloth, conferring an extraordinary beauty on this djembe drum. Ernestina Oppong Asante carves the piece from tweneboa wood, adding brass inlays. Highly regarded in Ghana, Adinkra symbols adorn the base. The rotating form of Gye Nyame means "I fear none except God." The sankofa means "go back to your roots," conveyed through a bird with its head tilted backward.
The djembe originated in Benin, where it is used during voodoo rites, and has been introduced into neighboring countries. It is indispensable in contemporary reggae. The goatskin head is affixed by iron rings wrapped in cotton, and a macramé cord can be slung over the shoulder.
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.
"UNIQUE, COLORFUL DRUM"
This is a well made and interesting drum. The base has brass inserts and beaded designs pertinent to Africa. I am very, very pleased with this purchase. Thank you Ernestina for working with Novica so that your talents can be seen by everybody. Rochelle April 11, 2017
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