What is the difference between a Djembé and an Ashiko?

by Shopify API August 20 2018

What is the difference between a Djembé and an Ashiko?

En CDMX Tamboreria we not only have Djembes and Ashikos, we also handle different drums like the Atabaque, Bongos, Shaman, among others...

But this time we are going to talk about two of the spoiled ones, the Djembé and the Ashiko ...

What makes them so different? Is your sound different?

Are you ready to know?

The djembe is a bowl-shaped drum, while the ashiko is shaped like a cylinder. Contrary to popular belief, the Ashiko drum is a "masculine" version of the djembe.
Most people make the mistake of calling it that because they think it tends to be a bridge between the djembe and the conga. Geographically, these drums have no similarities.

The Ashiko is rooted in the Yoruba land (Nigeria), while the djembe is from the Mali and Guinea region of Africa. However, the djembe is similar to ashiko due to its goatskin head, but the ashiko produces a deeper bass tone due to its long cylinder shape. The ashiko drum has more midtones compared to the djembe drum.


Now let's talk about Ashiko and you will realize how beautiful this instrument is.

The Ashiko has a spectacular and beautiful voice. It is an ethnic drum that is played in sub-Saharan Africa and also in America like Cuba. The berthing musical instrument originated in West Africa.

People played the drum to keep spiritual traditions alive. Ashiko drum has a long and rich tradition in culture yoruba; It has been present since the 9000 ac. It works like a talking drum and is also played during community celebrations.

However, Ashiko is used during street parades and carnivals. The narrow bottom of the Ashiko drum is open, and the head is wide. The Ashiko is made of wood, and the top is made of goatskin. A typical Ashiko is carved by hand, and is not a straight cone. The drum is flexible in its designs, it is not restricted to a different size; The ashiko is made in different sizes.

It was first introduced in the United States in the 30 years, but its popularity did not last long until a drummer named Babatunde Olatunji from Nigeria resurrected the mystical drum again in the '50. Today, this musical instrument is found in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean traditions and cultures; This is as a result of the slave trade in the Atlantic.

The drum is played with bare hands and is tuned with strings. Due to the shape of the Ashiko, the drum can produce a wide range of tones and plays lower than the djembe.

How are you? Do you already know the sound you want to transmit?

I hope this explanation about the Ashiko drum helped you a lot, for my taste it is one of the best drums in terms of sound, of course.

Remember to continue reading blogs because more interesting topics come.

I love you so much, Karen Castillo.

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