Late in 2014 I was approached by a few people asking where they could buy Djembes from and I felt hard pressed to find top quality drums for anyone who was asking for them. You know, I am not trying to say that the drums that are produced here in New Zealand are not good ones and know some drum makers personally who make some great instruments, but for me there was just something about seeing and hearing those amazing instruments that you see Mamady Keita and Famoudou Konate play. I thought to myself, "I got to get us New Zealanders some of those drums, we need some quality drum action happening." Little did I know that just over the ditch in Melbourne Australia, African Drumming Australia had exactly what we needed.
I initially started purchasing skins for my own projects from them, but soon enough we were talking about Djembes and bringing all kinds of goodies into NZ. I can truly say we just were thinking on the same page from the start and within a matter of weeks, Simon and Jeremy had sent a shipment of two cartons of African drumming goodies to my doorstep, including 4 bad ass Djembes (alas I have already sold one so there only three left now).
So after a few weeks of preparation and website development, I am proud to announce that African Beats NZ store is now online! (Click here to take a peak)
Thank you http://www.africandrumming.com.au