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Dundun set (doundoun, djundjun) bamboo - medium


At Drums for Schools we're committed to making instruments that are sustainable and these bamboo dundun are the first in a growing range of eco-drums. The sound is superb and the drums are also relatively lightweight as well as great value. These are suitable for long term school use at primary level and they're also available singly as they have lots of applications in EY and SEN settings. The sizes vary a little around the standard 40cm diameter by 50cm high (sangban), 35cm diameter by 40cm high (kenkeni) and 30cm diameter by 35cm high (mini kenkeni) . The heads are extra-thick goatskin and each set comes complete with three double-ended beaters (wood and padded) to give an even wider range of sounds.


How it's Played

There are two primary playing styles for dununs. The traditional style has each player using a single drum resting on its side, either on the floor or on a stand, and striking the head with one mallot and a bell mounted on top with the other. A melody is created across the interplay of the three dununs. For the other style, known as ballet style as it is used in the National Ballets, one player has command of the three dununs standing on the floor, allowing a more complex arrangement for the dance.


A Dunun (also known as dundun, doundoun, or djun-djun) is the generic name for a family of West African Bass Drums that developed alongside the djembe in the Mande drum ensemble. It is related in construction to the gungon or brekete bass drums of northern Ghana, except that the gungon uses a single snare on the drum face to produce a buzzing sound absent in the dunun. There are different sizes of dunduns, ranging from 25 to 60 cm. Basing on the size, construction technique and tuning, there are different names for each type of dundun. Some of the most often used names are konkoni, kenkeni, sangban, dununba, djeli-dun, etc.

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