Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I got the email I've been waiting for since the end of October. My djuns (African drums) were ready! It was fairly simple "give us a call to let us know when you'd like to come pick them up, however I won't be around on Friday".

If you're anything like me, exercising patience, practicing really, you would have to know they didn't have to tell me twice! I was pretty much on the phone within minutes telling them I wanted to collect them right then, I'd be right over!

The place I went to get them was up a long dirt road in a huge A-frame house. What space! And the surrounding area was all bush. I can imagine the wonderful drumming parties that happen there...

Anyway, here is the end result

The only thing I have a problem with is the legs. They are made out of scrap wood and they will need to be replaced. They look like they were scraps of floor moulding taken out of an old house, nail holes and all. And as you can see, they don't match either.

Now, I understand that these are hand made and I love them because of it. I'm so appreciative of the work that went into them, but why cap them off with pieces of scrap wood? I did pay enough for them to expect to get something that looks nice.

Enough of that, before too long the new legs will be ready and everything will be perfect.

I start a new drumming class on the 9th of February (my third), but there is a local drum circle they will make their debut at this week. I'm so looking forward to being the best djuns player I can be so any practice I can get is a bonus.

So let me formally introduce you to "Sandy" (the Sangban, far left), "Danny" (the Dundunba, middle), and "Kenny" (the Kenkeni, right).