This is T-Shirt is aimed at existing djembe enthusiasts who will buy it because they think the t-shirt is really cool. I hope that this T-Shirt would be the first of at least 3 and that it would be highly sought after by people who love djembe drumming, dance or West African culture.
The kind of people who would buy this T-Shirt, tend not to follow mainstream media and life style. They are free thinkers with a strong respect for culture, tradition, history and music. They also definitely have a sense of humour.
The majority of the people buying this T-Shirt will not be professional musicians. They will probably have at least a rudimentary understanding of the underlying history and culture of the music.
The Music comes from the region of current day Mali and Guinea, and it extrememely important to the people who's culture it comes from.
Djembe drumming is always accompanied with dancing. Djembe drumming is not traditionally a spectator sport. Everyone participates, by clapping, singing and taking their turn to dance.
Each part of life from a birth to a funeral, to a wedding has a particular rhythm and corresponding dance that goes with it. Our community studies these traditional rhythms, and dances and knows the details of each ones origins.
Many people annually travel to West Africa to immerse themselves in the culture and study directly from masters there.