I’d have to say that each instrument has it’s own challenges. Any hand drum requires precise technique in order to get the best sound. Even though I haven’t studied them, I’d agree that Indian percussion instruments are among the most highly nuanced. I’ve always found tama (talking drum) to be really tricky, due to the way you bend your wrist while squeezing the cords to increase the pitch.
Djembe requires a lot of strength and speed in the arms and shoulders, but it also requires a solid groove, which is perhaps why so many people find it to be a natural fit. I’d say that learning djembe will improve your overall feeling and tempo as a drummer.
Love Mamady Keita… he’s so chilled and approachable even though he’s practically a legend…. smile
No doubt. He’s one of the great ones, for sure.