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Dundun - recycled wood - 18" diameter, 60cm high

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Description

This is a full-sized dundun (biggest of the classic set of 3) and is suitable for secondary, club and professional use. It's 45cm in diameter and 60cm high and is made from recycled hardwoods to produce a shell which is even stronger than traditional single-piece ones. Minimal environmental impact, relatively light weight and a magnificent sound. The head is traditional cowskin and each drum comes complete with a double-ended beater (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.

Traditionally

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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