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Nyahbinghi Drums Fundeh

these drums originally comes from Africa (kete, kette, akette, ashiko) which has been acclimatized in Caribean area especially by Jamaican Rastafarians, widely known as Nyahbinghi Warriors. Dem adjust these african percussions with reachable technical achievements such as iron rings, screws and nuts instead of ropes.








More about Nyahbinghi

 This way adjusted drums are called funde (fundeh, repeater). Drumsession is called a grounation. There are three kinds of drum in harp - orkestar of drums: funde, repeata and thunder.

Fundeh ..........oneheaded drum tuned by nuts down on stands. It seems to be such as enlonged bongo. On grounation its role is to put the rythm together with two heartbeat strokes on first and second beat. Funde is singing: Do Good - - Do Good - - Do Good - - Do Good - -

Repeater ..........is almost physically identical with funde and often it is likkle bit smaller to get it higher on pitch, but plays a different role. It has a solo character and syncopes a Do Good riddim, using polyrythms and paradiddles and blazing a riddim forward.

Thunder ..........the biggest doubleheaded bass drum. Player booms the thunder with a soft headed mallet and every boom shakes the body of each around. Usually on first open beat and third muted. There never plays more than one thunder.

You can find sound of fundeh on almost every roots reggae record.

The most known nyahbinghi players are Ras Michael, Count Ossie, Bongo Herman,...


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we are able to build even djembe

nowadays we prefer to repair djembe (not souvenirs).

Re-heading, re-roping, repairs of repairable wood crashes and surface protect with beeswaxcream


see exemple:

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Dundun (Doundoun, Djun-djun)

A Dunun (also known as dundun, doundoun, or djun-djun) is the generic name for a family of African bass drums that developed alongside the djembe in West Africa.

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More specifically, there are three named the kenkeni (smallest), sangban (medium) and doundounba (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 doundounba often serves to add depth with deep, widely spaced notes.

These drums provide a rhythmic and melodic base for the djembe ensemble.

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The dunun is a double headed, cylindrical drum typically made of a wood shell (although metal and fiberglass shells exist) and cowhide heads (although, some have goat-skin heads). The heads are held on with rope and often steel rings.


The dunun originated in the 9th Century Mali Empire along with the djembe, among the Mandinka peoples. Both are instruments primarily of the region that includes Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, which all have significant Mandé populations.

There are two primary playing styles for dununs.

The traditional style has each player using a single drum resting on its side, either on the floor or on a stand and striking the head with one stick and a bell mounted on top with the other. A melody is created across the interplay of the three dununs.

For the other style, known as ballet style as it is used in the National Ballets, one player has command of the three dununs standing on the floor. Playing like this allows a more complex arrangement for the dance.

There are wide variations on how the dunun is played throughout West Africa.

 In Mali they are sometimes played with just one dunun and a bell that is held in the hand.

In some regions of Guinea the dunun is played with no bells, or only two dunun are played.

In Hamanah all three dunun with bells are played.

The influence of Mamady Keta, Famoudou Konaté, Mohamed Diaby, Bolokada Conde, and others from Guinea have contributed to the spreading of the three dunun style of playing.

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Historic fencers drums

in european history this kind of drum was used for daily and even for extraordinary occasions. Well known are punishments, marching, and many more.

They are double-headed and played with mallets. In time of peace, soldiers threw a cubes or cards on it.


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