Primordial Percussion

Drum circles and djembe drumming for health and entertainment

Drum circles for healthy living and interactive entertainment. 
Djembe drums, djembe drumming, percussion instrument website. 

We repair all type of djembes, ashikos and various other hand drums.

Djembe drummers, drum circle enthusiasts and everyone who loves the rhythm, welcome to the Primordial Percussion drum circle and djembe drumming website. We offer a wide selection of djembe, drumcircle services and percussion products for both the public and private organizations. Our goal is to help all djembe drummers, drumcircle participants, teachers and program planners find the information they need to get people drumming Primordial Percussion offers unique drum circle products and services to inspire you to further rhythm possibilities. Hopefully you find our djembe, drum circle website informative and enjoyable.

  Primordial Percussion since 2001 is a diversifed drumcircle company located in Stratford, Ontario. We manufacture and import djembe drums, ashiko drums, frame drums and djundjun drums and also offer a top quality djembe repair service. We currently import djembes from Ghana and the Ivory Coast which helps support small fair-trade business's in those African countries. All our djembe drums and djembe repairs feature top quality goatskins and drum ropes

We offer professional drum circle facilitation services for both private and public events. Our drum circles have been around since 2001 and we currently work in many longtermcare facilities and day programs. Primordial Percussion drum circle services are also used in schools, special events and at company parties. We offer a community drum circle right here in Stratford, Ontario which is attended by djembe drummers from Kitchener, London and beyond. We are located in a professional belly dance studio and only 30 minutes from Kitchener and 45 minutes from London. Please feel free to browse and enjoy the site.You are encouraged to offer us your feedback and any questions you may have. 

What is a drum circle?
A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself rather than preparation for a performance. They can range in size from a handful of players to circles with thousands of participants.

In 1991, during testimony before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart stated: (Wikipedia)

Typically, people gather to drum in drum "circles" with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together. (Mickey Hart)

What is a djembe?

A djembe (pronounced JEM-bay) also known as djimbe, jenbe, jymbe, jembe, yembe, or jimbay, or sanbanyi in Susu; is a skin-covered hand drum shaped like a large goblet and meant to be played with bare hands. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes directly from the saying "Anke dje, anke be" which literally translates to "everyone gather together" and defines the drum's purpose. In the Bamanakan language, "Dje" is the verb for "gather" and "be" translates as "everyone". Legend has it that the first djembes were made from the skin of the mythical cross between a giraffe and a zebra, the 'gebraffe'.
It is a member of the membranophone family of musical instruments: a frame or shell (in the djembe's case it is a wood shell) covered by a membrane or drumhead made of rawhide or some other material. Djembes are commonly about 12" (30 cm) in diameter and 24" (60 cm) in height, varying a few inches. They can also be found in many smaller sizes, from 5" (13 cm) to 18" (46 cm) in diameter. As a result of the goblet shape, the density of the wood, the internal carvings, and the skin, there is a wide range of tones that can be produced by the djembe. The rounded shape with the extended tube of the djembe body forms a device known in physics as a Helmholz resonator, giving it its deep bass note. The primary notes are generally referred to as "bass", "tone", and "slap", though a variety of other tones can also be produced by advanced players. The slap has a high and sharp sound, the tone is more round and full, and the bass is low and deep. (Wikipedia)
To learn more about djembe drumming visit this highly informative and free website which can help teach you about this style of hand drumming. From there we recommend joining as many drum circles as you can find, which will help build up your endurance and rhythmic skills. You may also want to keep an eye out for drum workshops held by experienced teachers to fine tune and broaden your awareness and skills. Happy drumming…Cliff.



by Milton Randall
Learn basic multiplication in 3-4 weeks of fun.An interactive approach to learning basic multiplication. Students learn a standard African drum signal and the rest is easy. Rave reviews from teachers and parents. Just put on the CD and let then dance, drum or give answers by voice. Parents can let the CD play while driving and let them learn. Pre tests and post tests to confirm effectiveness.


by Milton Randall
Hand Drumming in Compound Meter. Introduces 12/8 time patterns for Djembes, Djun Djuns, Shekeres, and Bells. Play along CD included. Intermediate level.

Gangokui Bells

African Gangokui bellS, great sound. Available in two sizes  7" and 9.5" long. Great for drumcircles or performing groups.
Small $30+shipping/tax
Medium $40+shipping/tax

African Banana Bells

Banana bells for djun djun or hand held like clave. Metal banana shaped bell for drum acompaniment, fits in strings of djun djun.

by Jack Barnes
The perfect learning DVD for hand drumming.
"You'll be playing rhythms from Africa, Latin America, the West Indies, and more in a matter of minutes!
This djembe drumming and drum circle DVD is designed for people of all ages and playing abilities. The uninitiated, the experienced, the drum curious - adults, music educators and their students. 





Primordial Percussion drum circles are fun and beneficial.
Stress Reduction
Inspires creativity
Strengthens immune system
Provides physical exercise
Sensory stimulating
Primordial Percussion drum circles are the ultimate group experience.
Positive Interactions
Builds Community
No learning curve
Culturally educative


Ibrahima "Boka" Camara
Madou Solo