All tips for maintaining your instruments BaraGnouma :



The drums

The djembes :

  • Never grease or oil the skin.
  • Always cover the skin with the protective cap we offer for each purchase of djembe. The skin is the most fragile and delicate element of the instrument.
  • Avoid overheating such as prolonged exposure to the sun or storage in a vehicle in the summer because the skin will relax excessively while cooling.
  • When the skin begins to relax, think about hammering the irons with a mallet before plaiting the ropes.
  • Take advantage of every skin change to feed the wood.
  • We believe that the blend of linseed oil and turpentine is the best solution for treating wood.
  • A change of rope is certainly to be expected at the end of the third or fourth assembly.
  • Check the diameter of the iron before assembly to make sure the iron strapping and the wood fit together perfectly because the wood may shrink slightly over time.
  • If you are playing on hard surfaces, consider protecting your djembe foot with a protective surface like a ring of carpet.
  • If you play on fragile surfaces think of protecting the latter in the same way.


The dununs :

  • The dununs do not require any special maintenance. That said, like the djembes, you can treat the wood with each reassembly.
  • We believe that the blend of linseed oil and turpentine is the best solution for treating wood.
  • Be careful not to scrape the cords and straps on the ground when storing the instrument on its side as this will wear them out prematurely.
  • A last point concerning the sound more than the maintenance: do not tend too much the skin of the dunumba. It is a base instrument that requires little tension.



Stringed instruments

The n'gonis and koras :

  • Never grease or oil the skin.
  • When you are not playing, it is best to store the instrument in its cover.
  • Avoid overheating such as prolonged exposure to the sun or storage in a vehicle in the summer because the skin will relax excessively while cooling.
  • When acquiring a kamele n'goni or a kora, it requires excessive tuning for the first 2 weeks before the instrument and its chords stabilize.
  • The n'goni being a rather base instrument should not be tuned to too high a fequency range.
  • If the strings tend to break, replace them with smaller diameters to get the desired notes more easily.
  • Make sure that the bridge is always perpendicular to the soundboard, in order to avoid unwanted sounds.


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The balafons

For all types of balafons :

  • Never lubricate or oil the keys.
  • Avoid leaving your balafon in a damp place.
  • Conversely, you can expose it to the sun regularly so that the keys remain dry.
  • We advise you to place your balafon standing, small side down and keys towards the wall.
  • Make sure that all the balafon attachment cords (keys and calabashes) are securely fastened.
  • all the membranes must be present on the calabashes, because in case of absence, the calabash will be detuned and will not resonate.
  • These membranes must be neither too tight nor too loose to obtain optimum sound from the instrument. It is advisable to check the membranes before each game session.
  • Be careful not to leave the balafon sticks in the sun or heat because the rubber melts.