The djembe (also: djembeh, djembe, dzjembee or yembe) is a vase drum which is mainly from West Africa: Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, et cetera. Because djembes can produce a sound which can still be heard kilometers away, this drum was traditionally used to quickly communicate with other villages. The traditional djembé is made by hand. A trunk is hollowed out and covered with a goat skin. This sheet is a rope-strung mounted on the djembe. The tree whose traditional djembes are made is the Leky. The actual name of djembes is sambany. Nowadays djembes also produced at the factory. Roughly percussion brands offer three types of djembes: Factory-produced 'traditional' djembes; wooden drums with a rope strung. Western wooden djembes; sound warmer and fuller than a fiberglass djembe. Western fiberglass djembes; sounds a little brighter and louder than a wooden djembe. Factory-produced western djembes are thus made of wood or fiberglass. These djembes usually have a natural head (goatskin or buffalovel). However, they are by clamping hooks (locking screws) mounted on the djembe. This makes it very easy to vote or to change the sheet. The top photo shows a traditional djembe (with rope strung) and a western wooden djembe (with tension stringing hook). The djembe is played sitting and standing. If the player is, he / she will keep the djembe between the legs; the bottom is on the ground. The djembe is then tilted slightly forward and gripped by the knees. As a result, the bottom of the drum is open so that the sound can be released. The djembe is played alone, then the djembe hangs on a cord on the shoulder of the player. Sometimes the djembé will also be played when it is attached to a special standard. The player can achieve different tones by using both hands and both play with the fingers and with the flat hand. Some see ashiko as the 'male' version of the 'female' djembe.