This grail-shaped hand drum, recognized to various tribes in West Africa because
the "djembe," (jem-bay) is central towards the musical heritage from the Malinke
and Sousou tribes of Guinea in West Africa. The standard cultural and historical
roots of these tribes can be traced for the fantastic Mali Empire which when
encompassed all of present-day Mali together with most of the coastal areas of
West Africa. Its legacy continues to be preserved all through the centuries in
the praises, lamentations and narrations of the unique breed of musicians
referred to as "griot."