Drums Aloud Instruments/DrumsDrums Aloud have used some of the grant money to purchase the following instruments(for use in regular classes, but also to school and community groups in Birmingham and the Black Country):
- 28 djembes (various sizes for use by adults and children)
- 4 dunduns (dundunba, sangban & 2 x kenkeni)
- 18 sabars
- Guinean Balafon
- Arthur Hull's Facilitator Kit (30 sound shapes)
- Percussion (6 krins and a number of shakers, bells etc)
These hand drums are prevalent across West Africa, and owe their origin to the Malinke (or Manding) people of the empire of Mali. This covered parts of the present-day countries of Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia and Senegal.
The djembe has proved to be the most popular drum in drum circles, primarily due to its size (it is very portable) coupled with a wide range of sounds and distinct tones.
Dunduns (also doundouns or djundjuns)
The origins of the dunduns are closely related to that of the djembe. Consequently, the djembe and dundun are usually played in combination with each other, with the dunduns providing the bass component for the rhythms.
There are three drums in a set of dunduns, the largest and deepest is the dundunba, the next largest is the sangban and the smallest is the kenkeni. The dunduns are stick drums and can be played together by just one player, or played individually along with a bell (which is usually tied to the drum).
Sabars are most closely associated with the Wolof tribe in Northern Senegal, but can be found all over Senegal and in the Gambia.
There are seven different drums that make up the sabar ensemble. Pictured are the nder, chol, talmbat, mbung mbung and tungune. Each of these drums is used to play a different part in an overall sabar rhythm and they are played with stick and hand.