Keur Djembe (house of drums in Wolof) was created by Ibrahima Diokhane in 1998. However, it was many years in the making before its' creation. As a child, growing up in a poor family in Africa, he used to make drums out of old tin cans and sell them to tourists. His natural talent and skill would prove useful when he immigrated from Senegal, West Africa to New York City in the early 1980s. He had many jobs from taxi driver, baker, printing press operator, to street vendor.
As a street vendor, Ibrahima always had a djembe drum with him. People would always inquire about his drum, whether it was for sale or if he could repair them. Eventually he started to bring djembes back from Senegal whenever he went. Slowly the djembes began to take over his vending table until one day he only sold and repaired djembes. He came to be known as the drum man who vended on 7th Avenue in Park Slope outside of the Key Food supermarket. The bathroom in his apartment became his workshop and his apartment was also a showroom. Finally in 1998, Ibrahima was able to open Keur Djembe in a store front below where he lived.