So recently I returned from South Africa where I was on a trip for work. It was an incredible experience and one I did not want to forget. There was wildlife, singing, dancing, food, people, all unique and so full of life. I had to bring some of it back with me. So, meet my new friend! No, I don’t mean the guy in the picture. I mean the drum in my hand!
The guy in the picture is the one who sold it to me. He caught me walking past his booth in a crowded market in Cape Town. The bargaining began, at which I am terrible, and I think he could tell that I actually really wanted a drum. I’ve always wanted one. It only seemed appropriate that I get it while in Africa and this lucky guy managed to catch me before I had spent all my money. I picked a conga/djembe the size that would best fit my situation – big enough to create a deep sound, yet small enough to fit in my suitcase. And it does have a good sound even though it’s just barely big enough for my hands to really pound a rhythm on it.
Who knows what songs will come out of this instrument or what videos will feature it’s colorful shell. I just know that no one’s getting any sleep! Just kidding. Still, I can’t wait to start jamming and recording with it. I think it needs a name… What should it be?