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This grail-shaped hand drum, recognized to a lot of 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 typical cultural and historical roots of these tribes is usually traced for the wonderful Mali Empire which when encompassed all of present-day Mali as well as the majority of the coastal locations of West Africa. Its legacy continues to become preserved all through the centuries within the praises, lamentations and narrations of the special breed of musicians called "griot."