Product Code: AD-ddba1440

Kenkeni – 14in diameter, 40cm high, bamboo

£107.00 exc VAT

Age 3+

  • Instruments 1
  • Players 1
  • L 40cm x W 40cm x H 40cm
  • Stock: 6

The ‘Kenkeni – 14in diameter, 40cm high, bamboo’ is the smallest of the classic set of three drums in a Dundun set and is suitable for Primary, Secondary, club and professional use.  It’s also a great drum for pre-school settings as it’s tough, tactile and not aggressively loud. It is approximately 35cm in diameter and 40cm high. It is made from bamboo for minimal environmental impact, a lighter weight, and great value overall.

The heads are extra-thick goatskin and each set comes complete with a double-ended beater (wood and padded) to give an even wider range of sounds.

N.B. For SEN settings: Please put a note with your order to indicate that it is needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.

Product Information

The approach

The Drums for Schools collaborative learning approach is modelled on traditional approaches to teaching and learning world music styles, adapted to the realities of the western classroom by expert Andy Gleadhill.

In traditional cultures learning is based on following the leader and by repeated “doing”. There is generally no written notation but the music tends to be easy to remember and basic instrumental techniques are simple, and so there are no major barriers to learning. Learning takes place in groups, usually of mixed ability. The playing also has an important social function – for accompanying ceremonies or events – and it’s very much a cooperative effort.

Translated to the classroom this results in a teaching and learning approach which is:

Collaborative – the class or group is engaged in an activity in which everyone – teacher and pupils – work together and help one another to achieve a common goal: the performance of a piece of music.

Inclusive – the musical styles are “foreign” and there’s no notation – so they present a level playing field where less academically able pupils are not disadvantaged. And there are easy and more difficult parts in every piece and so players of every ability can be involved and stay engaged throughout – no-one gets left out.

Accessible – the instruments are all easy to play and most pupils will be able to make a good sound after just one lesson, and the whole class will be making an impressive sound together after just a couple of lessons. It’s possible to include all sorts of “disabilities” and we’re always ready to advise on particular cases – contact us.

And the net result of accessibility, inclusivity and collaboration is something quite spectacular – extraordinarily fast progress. Nothing succeeds like success and after just a few lessons most classes will develop a genuine “esprit de corps” and you really will be seeing and hearing performance-level playing within a terms worth of lessons.

But the benefits are not just musical – the collaborative approach and the intensive listening and cooperation involved also develop pupils (and teachers!) life skills and so you’ll see a wide range of improved social and personal skills and a general improvement in “team spirit” and togetherness.

What's included

There are two primary playing styles for Dunduns. The traditional ‘rural’ style has each player using a single drum resting on its side, either on the floor, on a stand, or on a strap carried by the player. In each instance the drum is horizontal with both drum skins available for use for left or right handed players. The drum is struck with the beater in one hand, and usually the opposite hand is used to play a Bell which is secured to the top of the Dundun. Performances of this nature are normally communal and in a large circle.

The other technique is known as ‘ballet’ style and comes from the touring National Ballet groups. One drummer may be responsible for all three Dundun parts, so the three drums are often placed upright, usually lifted from the ground with stands of some variety. This enables one player to move between all three drums easily with a beater in beach hand. More complex rhythms and improvisation is possible with this arrangement. A Bell is not usually played by the same person in this set up. Performances of this nature are more in line with Western tradition and are on stage, or at the end of one room.

Care & maintenance

Djembes and other drums are extremely tough and will give satisfaction for 5 to 10 years and longer, if you treat them with care and follow the guidelines below.

Wooden Drums

Wooden drum shells should be kept at a reasonably constant temperature and humidity (normal room temperature is best) and not placed near to a heat source or stored in damp conditions.

Be sure not to let the skin get damp as, if it does, it will lose its tension, and when the tension goes, the sound becomes loose and flat. If you do have an accident you can always try using a hair dryer (set to ‘low’) to warm up and tighten the skin, or put it in the sun for twenty minutes and it will soon dry out and the tension and sound will recover.

You may find that there’s a small bag of wedges supplied with your Djembe. These are for quickly tuning it up on cold damp days or if you want a higher pitch for solo work or performance. Just push the wedges in between the vertical drum strings and the wooden drum shell, spreading the wedges out evenly around the drum. This will increase the tension of the strings and increase the pitch of the drum. You can buy extra wedges very cheaply – click here.

You may also wish to learn how to tune a Djembe using the traditional Mali weave technique, which uses the spare rope wrapped around the Djembe and is a long term solution. This is the professional way to do it and will give you much more control. Take a look at the following video and try it for yourself. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll find it’s very quick and easy.



Guarantee

We use the best quality materials and traditional manufacturing methods to make our African Drumming instruments and accessories and they’re designed for serious, long term use in the classroom. Looked after properly the instruments will give many years of satisfaction, even if used several times a day and the materials and workmanship are guaranteed as follows:

Djembe and other drum shells – 10 years. But keep at a stable temperature and humidity and don’t let the shells get damp or wet. Don’t leave in direct sunlight or near a heat source as this can cause the wood to dry out and crack. Although they’re naturally tough, handle with respect and don’t drop them or throw them about as rough treatment can also cause cracks to appear.

Drum skins -2 years. But keep hard or sharp points (including rings and other jewellery) away from drum skins at all times. Keep skins dry and don’t leave in direct sunlight or near a heat source as this can cause the skin to dry out and split. If you need to tighten the drum skins, be sure not to over do it as over-tightening can also cause skins to split.

Hand percussion instruments – 2 years. But treat with care and don’t drop them or handle roughly as natural materials are not as strong as plastics and may crack or break, particularly if dropped on a hard surface.

Storage/carry bags and accessories – 2 years. But keep bags away from sharp points and don’t over-fill them or force the zips.

If you should get any problems with any of our African Drumming instruments or accessories, please take photos of the issues and email them to us with the order/invoice number and a brief description of how the problem arose and we’ll get back to you right away.

Delivery

We work with a small number of specialist logistic companies to deliver your order quickly and economically. The delivery method varies, depending on your location and the size of the order, as follows:

UK Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office First Class. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than 1kg or lighter but bulky orders – Courier, next working day delivery. Most orders are sent this way and should arrive next working day after dispatch.

Very bulky orders – Pallet service, 3 working day delivery. For very big orders and those with more fragile contents. Timing is from dispatch date.

Please note that delivery to offshore or Highland addresses may take longer and may cost more than to UK mainland addresses and we’ll quote and agree the costs with you in advance.

International Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office Airmail. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than about 1kg and very bulky orders – international courier or pallet service. We’ll obtain competitive quotes and agree these with you in advance.

Please note that it’s fine to go ahead and place your international order and that there’s no commitment on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.

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