Friends of Tanamasi

Tanamasi has great respect for the following people, organisations, and websites:


Michi Henning – the most helpful person on the planet – check out his ebook on iTunes – Djembe Construction, a comprehensive guide

Simon Fraser – great drummer, excellent customer service ethic, all round cool guy –

Kate Gascoyne – an excellent teacher for all levels, and a lovely person to boot –

Mamady Keita – the living djembe legend.  If you ever get the chance to learn from him, DO IT!! –

Famoudou Konate – a master djembe player, contemporary of Mamady, whose sound is to be aspired to –

Sibo and Rachel Bangoura – THE go-to guys for drum and dance in Sydney –

Mohamed Bangoura – the Lion of Matam, has to be seen to be believed –

Simon Lewis – Mr Big in the djembe world in Australia, extremely high quality re-skins in Melbourne –

Mory Traore – dance teacher extraordinaire from Guinea, passionate about everything he does –

Dave Simon – patient and gentle teacher, devastating on the duns –


Websites – if you want to know anything about West African drumming, it’s here – award winning reference site for rhythm notations, a great collation of information – an excellent source for the context of West African rhythms – an excellent article by Michi Henning regarding the different woods used in djembe making – another good source of information regarding songs, context and some cool quotes!



Wula – arguably the best drums on the planet (including my drum Jeli Ke) –

Drumskull – supplier of world class djembes (including my drum DJ), and sole supplier of African goatskins –

Whittam Ropes – sole supplier of ropes

Clamcleat – the most useful tool you will ever own if you re-skin djembes regularly –