The Meinl Journey Djembe’s synthetic head and shell make them 20% lighter and easier to carry than wood models. Plus, they hold up against the elements, making them the perfect hand percussion for travel and outdoor gigs. Pitch is easy to adjust through a mechanical tuning system. They are available in brightly colored Kenyan Quilt (pictured) or Pharoah’s Script patterns.
“The Meinl fiberglass djembe is a key instrument in my arsenal. It can be tuned easier and quicker than traditional rope-strung African drums. The combination of its thick shell and responsive synthetic head provides extreme tactile sensitivity no matter what technique is used,” says percussionist Taku Hirano. “It’s impervious to weather, which is a plus for tuning in recording sessions where I am under pressure to work quickly. With its lightweight construction, it is perfect for in-town hauling, and durable for the rigors of touring.”
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