Dunun (also referred to as djun-djun, dundun, doun doun, and African Bass Drums). We use the term Dunun as that is the traditional spelling and pronunciation from Guinea, with the last 'n' silent. It sounds more like doonoo when spoken and the term refers to the family of bass drums; doundounba, sangban, and kenkeni.
Our Hand-Crafted dunun drums are built here in Waynesboro, VA from sustainable hardwoods. Dunun are big drums and there is so much waste in hollowing out a solid log in creating one. With our unique stave design, we are able to create a modern version of the dunun that allows us to have complete control over the properties of the drum. By fine tuning the the size in relation to the wall thickness of the shell and the skin thickness we have developed a set of dunun that sound excellent and reduce wasted wood.
Our design and implementation leads to other advantages as well. The use of exotic woods, customization, size and weight ratios and more are all possible through our RHD Dunun.
We respect the culture that these powerful drums come from. This is why RHD has teamed up with a small group of expert drum carvers in Bamako, Mali to offer traditionally built, hand carved African Dunun. These drums are built completely in West Africa using traditional methods and are more of a specialty order item as the focus of RHD is modern, local, and sustainable drums. Please contact us if you are interested.