BẸ̀MBẸ́

(bem-bey)

Traditional Yoruba bass drum from Nigeria with shoulder strap, played for kings or in procession. 

 

This drum has a twisted skin string across the skin to create a buzzing sound. Played with a straight or curved stick. Bells/jingles called  Saworo  can be attached around the edge of the drum, and if the player uses two sticks, agogo bells can be attached and played simultaneously. Shekere can also be played on the back skin whilst playing the front, as shown in the video.

 

 

Peg-tuned Bembe also available from Republic of Benin section of this shop

 

 

See a Bembe ensenble playing here:

https://youtu.be/TsAveq6ZHWg

 

£120

Small:

approx 10 inches face

Medium:

£180

approx 15 inches face

Large:

£200

approx 18 inches face

Full set of 3:

£450