In this guide, we’ll take a look at the best djembes for drum circles.
I’ve compared build quality, design, sound, and cost to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Djembe?
The Best Djembe Drums Reviewed
Meinl Mahogany Wood Djembe Review
The Meinl Mahogany Wood Djembe is an outstanding instrument that produces a wide range of authentic sounds. This djembe is hand-crafted from a solid piece of mahogany and the drumhead is authentic hand-selected goatskin.
Meinl is one of the world leaders in manufacturing high-quality percussion instruments, that also offer fantastic value for money. Meinl is played by many of the world’s top-level drummers and percussionists.
This Meinl djembe has a warm, musical voice. It sounds great for any musical application such as drum circles, live shows, or jam sessions. This djembe also sounds excellent under the microphone for recordings and on stage.
This djembe possesses excellent acoustic properties and is able to produce a range of dynamic sounds. The center of the drum produces a warm and boomy low end whilst the edges of the drum pop with a lively tone.
The authentic goatskin head is secured and tuned by the traditional mali-weave system. This means that the djembe is ready to play straight out of the box, and the pre-tuned pitch is designed to last.
Overall this is the best djembe on the market. The sustainably sourced hand-carved mahogany shell has a delightful tone and the pre-tuned goat skin head produces a musical and colorful sound.
This is an impressive djembe drum that is also offered at a very affordable price, so all in all this is the best djembe to invest in for jam sessions, shows, and group drumming.
- Perfect for all musical performances
- Sustainably sourced solid mahogany shell
- Includes carry case and 2 year warranty!
- Not fully handmade
Remo Apex Djembe Review
The Remo Apex Djembe is a sleek, lightweight djembe that is a modern take on the classic djembe design. Remo has constructed this djembe with synthetic materials and it has a sophisticated and durable design.
What I like most about the Remo Apex djembe is the lightweight body that has contemporary tuning lugs that enables you to pitch this djembe easily.
The elegant steel hoop feels great to play and it’s very easy to tune to achieve your desired sounds. The djembe drum does manage to stay in tune very well also.
The imitation synthetic Remo drumhead is not quite as responsive and musical as authentic rawhide djembe skins. However, it does still have a musical tone and is able to produce low bass notes and high pops.
Overall though the sound produced from this Remo djembe is on the brighter end of the spectrum, as opposed to the warmer tones produced by authentic wood djembes. But the modern design of this djembe allows you to tune it very easily and it’s super lightweight to transport.
This is a high-quality musical instrument that will work very well for a wide variety of musical applications. It has an impressive build quality and it is very durable and comfortable to play.
- Very easy to tune like a traditional drum
- Lightweight and easy to transport
- Elegant steel hoop feels great to play
- Synthetic drumhead lacks warmth and tone
- Not a handmade or traditional djembe
Latin Percussion Rope Circle Djembe Review
The Latin Percussion Rope Circle Djembe is an affordable drum that produces rich and musical sounds. It offers a lot of bang for your buck!
This lightweight djembe is made from Latin Percussion’s HD material, making it both durable and easy to transport. The Circle Djembe also features a Perfect-Pitch head that stays perfectly in tune, no matter the weather conditions.
This is a very impressive djembe for the price, and it’s the best djembe for beginners and educators alike, that want an affordable yet well-constructed djembe.
I find this djembe is very musical sounding, and it is suitable for all types of musical activities. It is the perfect djembe for group drumming, acoustic jam sessions, and even stage use.
The bargain-priced Latin Percussion Rope Circle Djembe is the best djembe for the money and it’s a perfect addition for any musician’s arsenal!
- Best djembe on a budget
- Stays in tune perfectly
- Lightweight and compact design
- Smaller djembe, although perfect for beginners
Latin Percussion Aspire Tunable Djembe Review
Lastly up for review is the unique and attractive Latin Percussion Aspire Tunable Djembe that employs modern mechanical tuning for ease of use. Tuning this djembe is a breeze with the 3/8″ diameter tuning lugs.
I personally love the design of the Latin Percussion Aspire djembe. It’s a modern take on the authentic African djembe, with a beautiful Siam Oak hardwood shell and goatskin head. The natural gloss finish combined with the chrome hardware is a fantastic look.
To play, this djembe feels and sounds great! It is very easy to tune thanks to the modern tuning system and the EZ Curve Rim that supports the lugs.
It has a warm and full-bodied tone and has an excellent tuning range. It really delivers punchy and musical tones that would sound fantastic on recordings as well as live.
This is a highly versatile and beautiful looking musical instrument that lends itself to an enormous variety of musical applications.
- Makes the perfect decorative piece
- Authentic djembe hand made in Africa
- Supports drum makers and preserves local culture
- Beginner level sound quality
- Expensive djembe considering sound
Latin Percussion Rope Tuned Djembe Review
The Latin Percussion Rope Tuned Djembe is an authentic African-inspired djembe drum with a Siam Oak shell that produces an amazing level of volume along with a rich bass tone.
This instrument is beautifully designed to deliver the ultimate djembe drumming experience. The drum looks and sounds beautiful, and the Ever-Tune rope tuning system is functional and easy to use.
The sound of this djembe is warm and resonant. The solid hardwood shell and natural goatskin together produce wonderful open tones and a wide range of frequencies. The bass notes are strong and powerful whilst the edge produces clean and crisp high notes.
If you want a large djembe drum that is perfect for live performances, group drum circles, or even a distinctive feature for display at home, then this is one of the best djembes available.
- Attractive sonically and visually
- Warm, full-bodied tone
- Excellent build quality
- Rope tuning can be challenging
- Rather expensive