People who are saying that might be the victim of tourist Djembe from Art centre .Djembe from that area are meant for home decoration or souvenir’, and mostly produced by a soft subgroup of twenaboa –white twenaboa
The unknown fact about twenaboa is --------there are three typesof twenaboa
- white twenaboa – very soft and light wood, mostly used to produce tourist Djembe in Art centre , because they are relatively cheap and easy to work on
- Yellow twenaboa ----very heavy and hard wood , equally hard as Iroko ,but can easily crack when there is a little mark of crack at the edge(especially under the sun , the crack can go all the way from the stem to the bowl)
- Red twenaboa---In my opinion , the best twenaboa wood to produce a good Djembe . Red twenaboa wood also has a very high density( almost equal to Iroko, maybe a little lighter ), but unlike yellow twenaba ,it will not crack that easily . Which is also the dominate wood for our djembe production .With multiple apply of Shea butter before production , the wood shell will look brown and beautiful.The density of the wood also allow us to produce an even and relatively thin shell
Picture of three type of twenaboa .
To differentiate the three type of Twenaboa, you need to look into the internal color of the drum shell , and see whether it is red , yellow or white .
So Twenaboa doesn’t necessarily mean soft wood , it also depend on the type of twenaboa it belongs to . If the drum is made from red twenaboa and has the right portion and good workmanship , it will also be an amazing drum