Product Code: AD-ddre1440

Kenkeni – 14in diameter, 40cm high, recycled wood

£137.00 exc VAT

Age 6+

  • Instruments 1
  • Players 1
  • L 42cm x W 42cm x H 40cm
  • Stock: 2

The ‘Kenkeni – 14in diameter, 40cm high, recycled wood’ is the smallest of the classic set of three drums that make up a Dundun set, and it is suitable for Secondary, club and professional use. It is 35cm in diameter and 40cm high, and is made from recycled hardwoods to produce a shell which is even stronger than traditional single piece Kenkenis.

With a minimal environmental impact it is relatively light in weight and makes a magnificent sound. The head is traditional cow skin and each drum 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

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.

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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