When playing the Key-Tuned Series Djembes by REMO you will hear authentic, quality tones and a resounding volume of sound that a REMO Acousticon can produce. This 16”x27” Djembe is decorated with the great-looking Multi-Mask Fabric Finish and is fitted with a REMO Fiberskyn M2 drum head. The 16” diameter djembe is the largest of the standard sizes (Remo 18” djembes are available as a special order from 1-800-4SAMASH). It produces a very deep fundamental tone but still has plenty of bright, higher tones. It works very well by itself and is a great primary or lead drum when played along with smaller and higher-pitched drums.
The Leon Mobley Connection
The Leon Mobley “Multi-Mask” fabric finish is designed by REMO’S top graphic artists using state of the art equipment and technologies while working closely with Leon’s vision and inspiration. This beautifully designed drum exemplifies Leon Mobley’s passion for playing the djembe drums as well as his deep rooted respect and devotion for the traditions of his ancestors from Africa. Leon Mobley believes in Unity, Peace and Passion for playing the djembe drum and shares his joy with the world whether on stage with Ben Harper or in a drum circle.
REMO African Djembe Drums
Djembe drums have become very popular in recent years not only because of the infusion of African and Middle Eastern musical styles into popular music but also because djembe drums lend themselves to a wide range of music. A variety of sounds can be pulled from a djembe (pronounced “GEM-bay”) drum, from the deep and booming “bottom” tone to the bright, singing “top” sound. A djembe can easily be played to emulate a set of congas or bongos and the kick and snare of a drum set as well as the music that djembes are usually associated with. That’s why djembes have become “the one drum” to carry!
REMO Acousticon Djembe Shells
REMO Djembes are based on the same traditional Djembe tone and form combined with their modern advances, particularly the REMO Acousticon® drum shell made in the USA. Remo’s proprietary Acousticon® is an environmentally friendly shell material made with 100% recycled wood fibers. Acousticon djembe shells have all of the tone and resonance of solid wood shells but are much lighter (more portable!) and less expensive to manufacture. This results in a great-sounding and durable drum that in a wide and dramatic variety of Designers Touch and Fabric finishes, looks as dramatic as it sounds and sounds better than it costs!
Remo Tunable Djembe Sizes
REMO tunable djembe sizes run from a top, or drumhead, diameters of 10”, 12”, 14”, 16” and 18” with the 14” size having an edge in popularity because it is not too big to carry conveniently and not too small to lose the big bottom tone. Go bigger if you want more big, boomy bottom or a smaller size for a higher range and sweet top tones. Different-sized djembes played together by two or more drummers sound fantastic!
Why Key-Tuned Djembes?
Unlike traditional fixed-head or rope-tuned djembes, REMO has led the field with the great advance of its key-tuned djembe drumheads. You can easily re-tune your REMO djembe to the dominant pitch you prefer and in the rare event that your djembe drumhead becomes worn out or torn, it can be very easily replaced. The REMO newly engineered key-tuned “Contour” lug brackets make tuning more precise than ever.
Remo Djembe Drum Heads vs. Animal Hide Heads
The main business of REMO is making DRUMHEADS. Remo first found great success in making drumheads for acoustic drums, replacing calfskin with highly-specialized polyester film materials that well emulated the warm tone and easy response of calfskin while being far more durable and also, immune to fluctuations of the pitch and tone of the drumhead caused by temperature and humidity changes in the weather.
In the 1980s, REMO began applying this technology to the making of drumheads for world percussion instruments. As they accomplished with drum set heads, REMO has dramatically succeeded in creating authentic-sounding, weatherproof and extremely durable drumheads for djembes.
Remo MONDO™ FIBERSKYN® drum heads
In 1992, the MONDO™ drumhead (Italian for “world”) introduced a new era of innovative drumhead manufacturing, increasing the possibilities for Remo World Percussion. This development provided a pre-shaped drumhead, specific to the new Remo drums that allowed for easy tuning and replacement while creating a very natural and traditional sound. Then later creating the FIBERSKYN® drumheads for djembes and other drums, REMO had a drumhead that precisely replicated the look and the feel of real animal hide heads, bringing a completely authentic playing experience to their expanding series of djembes. Resembling mule or cowhide) but unlike real animal skin, Fiberskyn M2 heads are resilient to variations in weather and climate, making them easy to tune and play under any conditions and are very, very strong!
Get your REMO 16”x27” Key-Tuned Leon Mobley Djembe in the Multi-Mask Finish with the FIBERSKYN®M2 Drum Head! (DJ0010LM) from Sam Ash Direct today, with fast, free shipping at the guaranteed lowest price. Sam Ash Direct gives you the security of more than 86 years of experience, 24/7 customer support and the Sam Ash Direct 45 day return and 60 day price protection policy. You cannot go wrong!