The drums

All the percussions that we propose to the sale on line are exclusively realized by our artisans carvers and assemblers. We use different species of wood and produce djembes of various shapes.

From the best woods, all our Djembes, Dununs (Doumdoum), Baras, Tamanis and Kryins or Kolokotos are of professional quality and at the best price.

All the percussions that we propose to the sale on line are exclusively realized by our artisans carvers and assemblers. We use different species of wood and produce djembes of various shapes.

From the best woods, all our Djembes, Dununs (Doumdoum), Baras, Tamanis and Kryins or Kolokotos are of professional quality and at the best price.

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  • The djembes

    Instrument created within the Mandingo Empire of Soundiata Keïta in the thirteenth century, which stretched from Guinea to eastern Mali, northern Côte d'Ivoire and western Burkina Faso.

    The djembe is part of a polyrhythmic ensemble, it is most often accompanied by doundounba, sangban, kenkeni. The djembe itself is available between djembe accompaniment and solo. Its primary purpose is to accompany dance during festive events.

    In the 1950s the djembe began to be exported outside Africa, thanks to Fodeba Keita and the African ballets, then thanks to Guinea and its president Sekou Toure, who erected the national ballet of the republic as a showcase of his diet.

    It was in the 1980s that the Djembe conquered the world, thanks to great djembefolaw (players) like Mamady Keïta, the most famous of them, but also Fadouba Oularé, Famoudou Konaté, Soungalo Coulibaly, Adama Dramé ...

    Regarding the manufacture, we bring the greatest care to the drying of our woods. It takes months or even years between roughing and finishing to get stable djembe that will not deform. We use various types of wood such as linké (or lengué, lenke), gwénè (balafon wood) and noumou yiri (blacksmith wood). You will find among our casks for sale, djembes with forms of diverse inspiration, Mali, Ivory Coast and even Guinean.

    If you do not find the instrument of your choice, you can contact us to place a custom djembe order giving us the dimensions, the wood essence and the desired style.

  • The dununs

    The Dununs (Dumdums or Dunduns) are traditionally played alongside the djembe and some African dances and serve as a basis for many African rhythms.

    Dununs are said to be the basis of rhythm.

    This family of instruments includes:
              the Kenkeni, Kinkeni or Kenkesereni (acute), whose name is a distortion of the original name Kenseréni, the Kenken being the bell that is played with.
              the Sangban (medium),
              the Doundounba, Dounoumba or Dunumba (grave), whose name simply means big drum.

    The kenkesereni (kenkeni being a small bell) gives the polyrhythmic tempo, the sangban gives the melody, while the doundounba responds to either the sangban, the solo djembe or even marks the dance.
    It is often by kenkeni that begins the learning of future djembefola (djembe players).

    Like our djembes, the wood used for dununs are dried for several years.
    They are also cut in several stages, first drilling and roughing, then the finishes are done several months later.


    The linké, gwénè and ménéa (white wood) are generally available.

    Chopsticks are always provided when buying dununs.

  • The baras dununs

    The bara (also called bendré) is a spherical drum with a body made from a calabash, used in West Africa (mainly Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali). His simple head is made of goatskin.

    To make the drum, a dried calebash is cut at one end and a single head made of goat skin is stretched over the opening.

    The instrument is often used to accompany balafon.

    Our Baradununs are made with very thick calabashes to avoid deformation under the pressure of the skin. Sold by pair or by unit. We propose the "bara ba" and "bara den" respectively used for solo and accompaniment. The baras are tuned using a black rubber pellet. The larger the pellet, the lower the note of the instrument.

  • The tamanis

    The sound produced by a Tamani or Tama can be regulated very finely, to the point that it is said that it speaks. The Tama player places the instrument under his armpit and strikes it with a wand bent in different ways by varying the pressure on the strings that tense the skin, causing complex sounds. This complexity of sound resembles certain African phonetic languages.

    African villages have used the Tamas as a means of telegraphic communication for centuries. Interesting messages were repeated and relayed to nearby villages. European explorers were surprised to discover that the announcement of their arrival and their intentions was transmitted through the forest well ahead of their arrival. An African message can be transmitted at a speed of 160 km/h. Under ideal conditions, the sound can be heard 5 to 11 km away.

    Our Tamanis are made of balafon wood or blacksmith's wood. They are machined on the exterior and hewn manually on the inside and then mounted with very fine treated goat skin.

    They are all delivered with a bag and a drumstick.

  • The krins, kolokoto or...

    The krin (or kolokoto) is a slit drum whose origin would be in forest Guinea.

    The first goal of this instrument was to allow the transmission of messages between villages.

    The Krin accompanies the dance and is used most often in accompaniment of other instruments. It is traditionally used by initiates, but is found today in many traditional percussion groups.

    The realization of a krin is done with a wooden ball whose interior is hollow and which has most often 3 slots. To do this, you need specific tools often made by the tailor himself.

    The musician plays by slapping the slats between the slits with two wooden sticks. The instrument is usually placed on the ground.

    Our BaraGnouma krins are cut from well-dried balafon or blacksmith's wood, with one main slot and two others of different lengths.

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