Re: Kuku - New parts ?
Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:06 am
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Just in case my replay above went amiss (or perhaps wasn't phrased all that well?), I honestly wonder if a bass djembe (with sewn-on head) might not be a bit closer to the "original" low tuned drums than is the case re. most djembes today?e2c wrote:Yep, I'm well aware of that. I enjoy playing bass dejmbe and used to be able to do so regularly, for dance classes - kuku being a staple of warm-ups, I don't think I'd have been able to avoid learning that part if I'd tried.bubudi wrote:e2c, you know that bass djembe parts are a modern addition, right? with the original kuku, the parts were originally played on lower tuned djembes, and without the addition of the dununba.
At any rate, the part is what it is, whether played on bass djembe or a low-tuned djembe with those awfully newfangled steel rings and nautical/climbing rope, no?
Almost certainly. Mamady was telling a story about how him and Famoudou came across steel rings on djembes in the Ivory Coast (in the early seventies, I think), and found out about modern rope that they got from some army people. He told how excited everyone was about the convenience and the much higher pitch they could get.I honestly wonder if a bass djembe (with sewn-on head) might not be a bit closer to the "original" low tuned drums than is the case re. most djembes today?
it should also be tuned lower then your kenkeni.bubudi wrote: a good bass djembe should have really deep tones and the bass djembe accompaniments usually make plenty use of that.
Again, yes - i haven't posted any pics of mine, but it's headed in that way. I've had the opportunity to play 2 other bass djembes that were headed in the same fashion. That sold me on wanting one of my own - I love the sound.bops and duga posted some pics of bass djembes they have with the traditional stitching on the skin as opposed to metal rings. those have a very warm sound.
I asked Epizo about this last earlier this month, and he said the drum is called a "gumbo". He also said that the resonators are not permanently attached, even though it looks like that.michi wrote:BTW, in Youssouf Koumbassa's DVD "Landouma Fare", you can see some unusual djembes with giant (and permanently attached) seke seke. Here is a screen grab:
Anyone know more about these drums? I haven't seen them anywhere except in this video.
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