Djembe and Mande Music/Reference Section 
(last revision 2004 March 14)

MANDE STYLE INSTRUCTIONAL BOOKS, 
TAPES, CDS AND VIDEOS

Mande Style Instructional Books
Mande Style Instructional Cassettes and CDs
Mande Style Instructional Videocassettes

The following information was compiled and is maintained by Michael Wall
( (808)737-3786 ) using both personal resources and input from members of the Jembe-list. These lists, while extensive, are not exhaustive and will be periodically updated. You are strongly encouraged to (1) submit new titles (please use the existing format and include all the details including company, category and a brief review) and (2) provide missing information for items on this list recording #, year, etc.) and submit reviews if they are missing.

If you are interested in a particular item, and complete information is not listed, feel free to contact Michael at ((808)737-3786), who will be happy to check his personal library for the details (which will also then be added to this reference). Michael would also be pleased to receive notice of correction or comments in format, typos, etc.

General Notes on Finding Recordings:

If you are moved to rush right out to purchase one of these recordings, please consider supporting your drumming community in the process. Much of media listed below is published either by the author or by small companies. PLEASE SUPPORT THEM DIRECTLY when at all possible. For those items only available from general sources consider trying to secure them from community members that have mail-order or retail outlets such as :

EARTHSHAKING MUSIC
543 Stokeswood Ave
Atlanta GA 30316
Email info@earthshakingmusic.com
http://www.earthshakingmusic.com

Scott Davidson Music
P.O. Box 7341
Wilmington, DE 19803
Phone/Fax-302-529-1081
scodavdrum@aol.com

White Cliffs Media
5150 Mae Anne Ave. #213-208
Reno, NV 89523
Tel: 775-674-1671
Fax: 760-875-6202
Email: wcm@whitecliffsmedia.com
Web: http://www.whitecliffsmedia.com

Failing that, try asking your local independently owned music store to order the recording for you. If all else fails the following sources should be able to order the tapes you are interested in:

Descarga Catalog
http://www.descarga.com/cgi-bin/db
328 Flatbush Ave., Suite 180
Brooklyn, NY 11238 USA
(800) 377-2647 FAX (718) 693-1316

Africassette Music
http://www.africassette.com/~rsteiger
P.O. Box 24941
Detroit, MI 48224-0941 USA
(313) 881-4108 FAX (313) 881-0260
rsteiger@africassette.com

Eric Charry's List of CD Suppliers and Sources
http://www.wesleyan.edu/~echarry/cdsources.html
(Eric is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Mande music and is the director of the Summer Jembe Institute series.)

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Mande Style Instructional Books

 

TITLE

African Percussion (Includes CD)

AUTHOR

Serge Blanc

DISTRIBUTOR

Michael Wall (808)737-3786

 

TITLE

Djembe for Beginners

AUTHOR

Drumdance Community Music and Education

DISTRIBUTOR

Drumdance 11 Bank Rd, 
Skerton, Lancaster LA1 2 DG 

PHONE

01524 64616 (Includes audiocassette)

 

TITLE

Anke Djé Anke Bé

SUBTITLE

djembe and dounou music from Mali, West Africa

AUTHOR

Abdoul Doumbia & Matthew Wirzbicki

PUBLISHER

3idesign, www.3idesign.org

CONTACT

matthewwirzbicki@gmail.com

YEAR

2005

ILLUSTRATION

17 photographs

OTHER MATERIALS

2 CDs

ISBN

0-9774844-0-8

PRICE

$40.00

 

TITLE

How to Play Djembe

SUBTITLE

West African Rhythms for Beginners

AUTHOR

Alan Dworsky and Betsy Sansby

PUBLISHER

Dancing Hands Music   www.dancinghands.com   1 800 898-8036

YEAR

2000

ILLUSTRATION

yes, CD INCLUDED

ISBN/PRICE

$24.95

 

TITLE

Live Djembe: Traditional African Rhythms

AUTHOR

Daniel Genton

PUBLISHER

 

I.D. Music   29, rue de Bitche (Paris La Defense)
92400  COURBEVOIE, France
Tel 01 41 88 98 98   Fax: 01 47 68 74 28

YEAR

1998

 

TITLE

African Drum Rhythms

SUBTITLE For djembes, bass drums and bells

AUTHOR

Lennart Hallstrom

PUBLISHER

LH Rytmpedagog, Luntmakargatan 85

SE-113 51 Stockholm, Sweden: Phone: 070-7254263
Email: lennart.hallstrom@djembe.net Website: www.djembe.net
ILLUSTRATION Yes, 3 Examples CDs included

 ISBN

91-973262-2-4

YEAR 2000
PRICE $45

 

TITLE

African Drum Rhythms Study Guide

AUTHOR

Lennart Hallstrom

PUBLISHER

LH Rytmpedagog, Luntmakargatan 85

SE-113 51 Stockholm, Sweden: Phone: 070-7254263
Email: lennart.hallstrom@djembe.net  
Website: www.djembe.net
ILLUSTRATION No, Notation booklet included

 ISBN

91-973262-3-2

YEAR 2000
PRICE $12

 

TITLE

Djembe,doun-doun, sangba og kenkeni (vol 1 & 2)

AUTHOR

Borge Blume-Jensen
b.blume@mail1.stofanet.dk

DISTRIBUTOR

Danish

 

TITLE

Speaking Drum (With audio cassette)

ARTIST

Kalani

PUBLISHER

Kalani Music 
http://www.kalanimusic.com/

 

TITLE

A Life For The Djembe: Traditional Rhythms of the Malinke

ARTIST

Mamady Keita / Uschi Billmeier

PUBLISHER

ARUN    wwws.arun-verlag.de

ISBN:

3-927940-61-5

YEAR:

1999

ILLUSTRATION: 

Yes, Instructional Cd Included

 

TITLE

West African Rhythms Sourcebook Vol 1 (With audio cassette)

AUTHOR

Martin Klabunde

DISTRIBUTOR

http://www.psn.net/~clockwork, email: clockwork@psn.net

 

TITLE

Rhythmen und Lieder aus Guinea 
(Includes CD, and a book in German)

AUTHORS

Famoudou Konate and Thomas Ott

DISTRIBUTOR

 

Review

 

 

TITLE

West Afrikaanse Percussie

AUTHOR

Ponda O'Bryan

DISTRIBUTOR

Molenaar Editions - Netherlands    bakine@freeler.nl http://home.planet.nl/~bakine

YEAR

2000   Includes CD

 

TITLE

Djembe Workshop (in German only)

AUTHOR

Stephan Rigert

DISTRIBUTOR

Stephan Rigert Steinerstrasse 20, 
3006 Bern, Switzerland

 

TITLE

West Afrikanische DjembeRhythmen (in German only)

AUTHOR

Stephan Rigert

DISTRIBUTOR

Michael Wall (808)737-3786

 

(12 separate companion practice tapes are also available.)

 

TITLE

The Djembe Guide

SUBTITLE -  for beginners & intermediate groups

AUTHOR

Ianto Thornber

PUBLISHER

Ianto Thornber, as 'Need to Know (Music Publications),

14 Allerton Grange Vale, Leeds, LS17 6LT, UK
tel ++44 113 269 7850 fax 113 245 9878 
email ianto.thornber@virgin.net
DISTRIBUTOR  USA & Territories: Melbay Publications
DISTRIBUTOR UK & Europe: See Publisher
also Soar Valley Music, Loughborough
also Music Exchange, Manchester
ILLUSTRATION Photo & CD

 ISBN

0-9538181-0-1

YEAR 2000
PRICE $24-95 / £19-95
WEBSITE www.thedjembeguide.com

 

TITLE

The Djembe Guide Vol 2  (with CD)

AUTHOR

Ianto Thornber

YEAR

2003

  COMPANY

Need to Know 
1`4 Allerton Grange Vale,
Leeds  LS12 6LT, England        mailto:ianto.thornber@virgin.net

 

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Mande Style Instructional Cassettes and CDs

 

TITLE

Dunun (Jun-Jun) Rhythms 1 (CASSETTE) (djembe)

AUTHOR

Mabiba Baenge

PUBLISHER

Matanga (408) 459-0785

YEAR

1996

 

TITLE

Beginning West African Drumming

SUBTITLE

(CASSETTE)

AUTHOR

Chuck Cogliandro

PUBLISHER

MK Drum Center 188 Walker St., Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 577-6842 mkdrum@avana.net

 

TITLE

Djemberhythmen from Guinea

AUTHOR

Jan Fuhlendorf

PUBLISHER

Ostermoor 3, D-25779 Hennstedt  Phone: 04836 740
Jfuhlendorf@t-online.de
or:  Hamburger Tanzhaus, Thedestrabe 99, D-22767 Hamburg
Phone/fax  040 3806307

 

TITLE

Djemberhythmen from Guinea Part 2

AUTHOR

Jan Fuhlendorf

PUBLISHER

Ostermoor 3, D-25779 Hennstedt  Phone: 04836 740 
Jfuhlendorf@t-online.de
or:  Hamburger Tanzhaus, Thedestrabe 99, D-22767 Hamburg
Phone/fax  040 3806307

 

TITLE

African Drum Rhythms Practice CDs 1-10

AUTHOR

Lennart Hallstrom

PUBLISHER

LH Rytmpedagog, Luntmakargatan 85

SE-113 51 Stockholm, Sweden: Phone: 070-7254263
Email: lennart.hallstrom@djembe.net Website: www.djembe.net
YEAR 2000
PRICE $12 each

   

TITLE

Drum!

SUBTITLE

(CASSETTE or CD ) How to Play the Rhythms of Africa & Latin America

AUTHOR

Geoff Johns

PUBLISHER

Sounds True Recordings 
735 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80302

 

TITLE

Play Me the Rhythms for Jembe (Practice Companion)

ARTIST

Kalani

PUBLISHER

Kalani Music http://www.kalanimusic.com/

YEAR

1998

 

TITLE

West African Rhythms Sourcebook Vol 1

AUTHOR:

Martin Klabunde

DISTRIBUTOR:

http://www.psn.net/~clockwork, email: clockwork@psn.net

YEAR

1999

 

TITLE

A Life For The Djembe: Traditional Rhythms of the Malinke

ARTIST

Mamady Keita / Uschi Billmeier

PUBLISHER

ARUN    www.arun-verlag.de

ISBN:

3-927940-61-5

YEAR:

1999

ILLUSTRATION: 

Yes, Instructional Cd Included

 

TITLE

Le Djembe

AUTHOR

Ya M'Baye, Assane M'Baye

PUBLISHER

Africa Productions / Dianke Productions, Dakar   Africaprod@aol.com  (33) 01 65 00 79

 

TITLE

Djembe Practice Tapes

SUBTITLE

(CASSETTE) Soli, Kassa, Kuku, Soko

AUTHOR

Michael Markus

PUBLISHER

Michael J Marcus Productions, 
228 East 26th St, #IC, New York, NY 10010 
(212) 889-9486 or Magbana@aol.com

YEAR

1996

ISBN/PRICE

$12.00 each / four separate tapes


TITLE

"Play-Along Series" (see review)

SUBTITLE

Djembe and Dunun Instructional and Practice CDs

AUTHOR

Michael Markus

PUBLISHER

Michael J Marcus Productions, 
228 East 26th St, #IC, New York, NY 10010 
(212) 889-9486 or Magbana@aol.com

YEAR

2001

ISBN/PRICE

$16 each,  unless you buy 5 or more, and then they are $15

   

TITLE

Djembe Drumming

SUBTITLE

(CASSETTE)

AUTHOR

Paulo Mattioli

PUBLISHER

African Percussion 
115 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Suite 169 
Topanga Canyon, CA 90290 (818) 591-3111

 

TITLE

Djembe Rhythmen Teil 1

SUBTITLE

(CASSETTE)

PUBLISHER

Afro Tou

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Mande Style Instructional Videocassettes

 

TITLE

African Beats (Djembe)

AUTHOR

Kalani

PUBLISHER

Interworld instructional Video, 
RD3 Box 395A, Brattleboro, VT 05301 
(800) 698-6705

YEAR

1995

 

TITLE

African Drumming (Djembe/Ashiko)

AUTHOR

Babatunde Olatunji

PUBLISHER

Interworld instructional Video, 
RD3 Box 395A, Brattleboro, VT 05301 
(800) 698-6705

YEAR

1995

 

TITLE

Journey into Rhythm (djembe) 2 volumes

AUTHOR

Karamba Diabate

PUBLISHER

Third Ear Productions 
1 888 535-1425 Tamuze@aol.com

YEAR

1996

 

TITLE

Rhythms Traditionnels du Mandingue Vol 1
Debutants - For Beginners

AUTHOR

Mamady Keita

PUBLISHER

Tam Tam Mandingue  www.pragmasoft.be/mamady

YEAR

2000

 

TITLE

Rhythms Traditionnels du Mandingue Vol 2
Moyens - For intermediates

AUTHOR

Mamady Keita

PUBLISHER

Tam Tam Mandingue  www.pragmasoft.be/mamady

YEAR

2000

TITLE

Rhythms Traditionnels du Mandingue Vol 3
"Avancés" - Advanced

AUTHOR

Mamady Keita

PUBLISHER

Tam Tam Mandingue  www.pragmasoft.be/mamady

YEAR

2000

 

TITLE

Skin it, Tune it, Play it

AUTHOR

Paulo Mattioli

PUBLISHER

African Percussion 
115 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Suite 169 
Topanga Canyon, CA 90290 (818) 591-3111. 

YEAR

1996

 

TITLE

West African Djembe Drumming

AUTHOR

Paulo Mattioli

PUBLISHER

African Percussion 
115 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Suite 169 
Topanga Canyon, CA 90290 (818) 591-3111

YEAR

1992

 

TITLE

Hands On Drumming (Vol 1-4)

AUTHOR

Paulo Mattioli

PUBLISHER

African Percussion 
115 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Suite 169 
Topanga Canyon, CA 90290 (818) 591-3111

YEAR

1996

 

TITLE

Show me the Rhythms for the Dunun

ARTIST

Kalani

PUBLISHER

Kalani Music http://www.kalanimusic.com/

YEAR

1998

 

TITLE

Show me the Rhythms for the Jembe Vol 1 and 2

ARTIST

Kalani

PUBLISHER

Kalani Music http://www.kalanimusic.com/

YEAR

1998

 

TITLE

Guinea, West African Dance

ARTIST

Alseny Soumah

NUMBER

V9963A

COMPANY

Jenny Angelacos  Jangelacos@hotmail.com

YEAR:  2001

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