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How to Play DunDun Parts on the Djembe with Michael Pluznick

Many times when we are playing djembe with our friends or by ourselves, there is no dundun available. There are three dunduns in the dundun family; Kenkeni which is the smallest, Sangban and the Dundunba. The drum is traditionally played with a stick on one side and often a dundun bell on top or in Mali sometimes they use a bell that hangs like a ring on your thumb.

In this video we are going to show you how to play a dundun part within the djembe context. That typically means that there are only two people performing and you want to integrate some of the bass notes, feel and pattern of one of the dundun parts through the djembe.

Diansa (aka Danza,Dansa,Djansa) rhythm from Mali for two djembe players when there are no dununs (djun djuns)

Video Features:

Diansa with built in Sangban Part

Diansa Djembe for 2 players. Part 1 slow motion sequence

Diansa Djembe for 2 players. Part 2

Diansa for 2 players. Both Djembe parts played together, No solos

Diansa parts 1 and 2 together


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