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DUNDUN African instrument

by Shopify API December 26, 2018

DUNDUN African instrument

In today's blog we will talk about one of the best known instruments in Africa. And of course we have available in the DRUM (CDMX) The DUNDUN drum, is very well known as "African Drum", and is clearly a drum, where you can find different sounds in each drum.

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The dundun is a two-headed closed cylindrical wooden drum with a membrane attached. The dundun drum was adopted from the Mande de Mali. This set of drums used to be one of the royal drums of Mande and Wolof of Senegal, but they are now found in Mali and in the area along the upper reaches of the Gambia River. It then spread throughout the coastal regions of West Africa. In the literature, the dundun is known as: "dunun, djun djun, djoundjoung, doundoun and doundounba".

The dundun is one of a set of three drums, of which it is the largest, in addition to the medium sanbeni (sangba) and the kenkeni, the narrowest of the set. The dundun can be made of wood (cedar, walnut or any other hardwood) or metal. The drum housing of a metal dundun is a cylindrical barrel cut. The three drums are placed horizontally on an X-shaped support to hold the drums during play.

The dundun is approximately 65 cm long and has a diameter of 40 to 50 cm. The membrane is made of goatskin or cow skin. The two membranes are joined together along the sides with a system of interwoven strings. The Dundun drum is a bass drum and has a full bass sound. The sanbeni is slightly smaller than the djun djun and has a length of approximately 40 to 50 cm with a diameter of approximately 30 to 35 cm.

The musician plays syncopated rhythms and creates polyrhythmic structures in the central register of the drum set. The kenkeni is the narrowest of the three drums, measuring around 30 to 40 cm in length with a diameter of 25 cm. It has a loud and clear sound. A metal bell is attached to the kenkeni drum housing to allow the drummer to play an additional rhythm. The dundun game is played with a large wooden drumstick. The drummer hits the membrane on one side of the drum with a drumstick, while moistening the membrane on the other side with the palm of the hand or the tip of the fingers. The dundun is used to accompany the dance, sometimes in combination with the djembe.

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