The Dundun Drum
Pronounced (” doon-doon “), and sometimes referred to as a talking drum, is a wooden hourglass-shaped, two-headed drum covered with goatskin, whose twin heads are laced together by thongs of gut or leather. This instrument is cradled under one arm while the other hand strikes one side of the drum with a curved wooden stick. By manipulating tension on these thongs, the player can alter the pitch of the tone he/she is making, thus enabling the dundun to “talk” or produce the tones that sound like words. A master drummer can maintain a regular monologue on a talking drum, saying hi to different people, cracking jokes, and telling stories. (source world-beats)
It is formed of three dununs of different sizes; the kenkeni (smallest), sangban(medium) and dununba (largest). The kenkeni has the highest pitch and usually holds the rhythm together with a simple pattern. The sangban typically has a more complex part which defines the rhythm. The dununba often serves to add depth with deep, widely spaced notes. These drums provide a rhythmic and melodic base for the djembe ensemble. ( source wikipedia )
Here is a dude that shows you all the three sizes
Here’s a whole group playing together with also the Ballet style dundun in the middle. The dude is getting his groove on. These guys are for sure bashing ! They’re “in the zone”
Did some people really just make it rain ??...