Hey, I like this one because I am playing percussions too, and i enjoy being under some culture rhytms and feel them. And I was dreaming to draw on my djembe too but I need to know what kind of colors should I use ?
I've been playing djembe, ashiko and djun-djun for at least 10 years and have found few cultural or spiritual restrictions as to how or how not to respectfully treat a drum.
The consensus amongst most folk I know and have talked to, is that you can decorate any drum any way that feels respectful and appropriate.
Cultural restrictions seem based on personal preference, though I do NOT pretend to be an 'authority'.
I will say that there are many Remo djembes or other drums that are cast in very bright and 'fantastic' patterns, and substances, and they are successfully used in a traditional manner, with no negative stigma.
I personally try to be more traditional, and use only wood bodies with actual goat-skin heads - yet the cord I use to string it is modern, so I'm not TOTALLY
I have ornamented my own djembe with a bit of color. I tried to use as many natural pigments as I could, and only did so after using and 'talking' to the drum for a couple of years - Again, I don't assume to have any 'right or wrong' way of doing this, just what 'felt' right to me.
I'll try to forward you a pic of this drum with more info.
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