Dunun Construction and skinning

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This is not an exhaustive how to guide on skinning bass drums but gives an indication of the many steps, care and skill that go into making these drums. The men who worked on these drums for me are all excellent musicians and to be able to make the drums is part of the role of the musicians. They worked efficiently together all day to make a full set of dunun – dunumba, sangban and keni. The drums are in regular use with the original skins 4 years on.

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