17 feet long
Five drumming stations
Smith invites visitors to drum.
George Smith now lives near Wimberley on a ranch with his
wife Cathy, where he designs and builds drums. He
estimates he has made 200 steel drums to date with his
Orishic Djembe was built on Smith's ranch, requiring eight
months of concentrated labor. The framework of steel rebar
was covered with concrete and painted.
Orishic Djembe is dedicated to the memory of Babatunde
Olatunji, the Nigerian drummer considered the Godfather
of the African drum percussion movement in Africa, who
also introduced African drumming to America.
Smith was born in Lubbock, achieved
a Masters' degree in
Thermodynamics and worked for six years
in the aerospace
industry, before pursuing creative fields born of his mechanical
engineering training and interests.