is a 7-piece band whose music is inspired by traditional Irish
Music and the traditional drumming cultures of other countries
around the World. They play traditional rhythms from the Caribbean
and West Africa using djembes, congas, dununba, talking drum,
drum set etc. and mix these rhythms with original and traditional
Irish melodies and traditional Irish instruments such as uilleann
pipes, flute and bodhran. De jimbé performances are
lively and theatrical, incorporating dancers, warriors, circus
entertainers and plenty of imagination.
The fusion and tension between the pulsating, hypnotic rhythms
and the intricate airs is what gives De jimbé their
original, immediate and exciting sound.
The group was formed by Brian Fleming in 1995, led the St
Patricks Day Parade that year with their first of several
award winning entries, and played on the Late Late Show (the
Irish David Letterman) the same year.
They have played at many civic occasions at home, including
at Aras an Uachtaráin (residence of the Irish president)
and at international festivals abroad, from New York to Korea,
Cuba, France, Germany and Senegal. Since 1999, the group has
been the guardians of Irelands Millennium Drum,
the largest drum in the world (2001 Guinness Book Of World
Records). In May 2002, members of the group played at the
opening ceremony of the World Cup in Seoul, Korea and represented
De jimbé in performances in Japan and Singapore.
St., in June 2001, De jimbé released their debut CD
to critical acclaim.
Click here to link to CD
here to read an interview of Brian
Fleming by the Irish Music Magazine
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the stage with