A djembe is a special kind of West African drum that uses ropes to control the tone and is normally played with your hands. It is a loud and versatile drum that is often played at gatherings of large people. For a short time in Paris, those who happen to be audience members during a spectacle at Alhambra Theatre can get their hands on a djembe and see what it is like to play one.
During a show called 'Do You Speak Djembe?" every seat in the audience comes with a drum, which the audience members are asked to play throughout the show. Master of ceremonies Doug Manuel leads the experience, teaching the public how to play the djembe as the show progresses. By the end of the show, everyone will have gained the knowledge and skill to participate in a collective melody that will bring down the house.
The djembe is known for creating positive energy and inducing a trancelike state not only within the player but also within those who are listening. As a result, anyone who wants to be taken away by the rhythm should not miss 'Do You Speak Djembe?' While beating their drums, the audience will be accompanied by a diverse orchestra composed of even more djembes as well as other exotic instruments such as the kora (a lute-like instrument), the dundun (another type of drum) and the balafon (a type of xylophone). Like the djembe, these instruments originated in West Africa and are particularly common in countries like Mali.
In this way, visitors staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can discover a whole new musical culture that they have never heard before. What's more, they will learn how to play the music that very same night. 'Do You Speak Djembé' runs from now until August 9, Tuesday through Saturday at 9 p.m., with another 6 p.m. show on Saturdays only.