Drumming Up A Storm

For those that are not aware, I do African hand drumming as a hobby. I play (or, rather, have been learning to play) the djembe…


As well as the dununs (also called djun djuns).

Halman, Lila Drums @ WOMAD Singapore 2006

I haven’t been learning the dununs for as long as the djembe (or as consistently)… in a way I’m just picking them up (not literally) – I play for the Monday night class in my drum school (Lila Drums) and piece together the different parts as I go! Actually, once I get over the arm ache from my lack of technique, as well as the difficulties I have in coordinating my left hand separately to my right hand (I am sooo right handed), I’m having some fun in improvising, which is something I just can’t seem to do with the djembe. It’s totally bizarre!

A few weeks ago we were having a practice session – without the teacher (oooooh) – and I even played a rhythm across two of the dununs (the danumba and the kenkeni), something which I have often admired when watching the Lila Drum Ensemble members grooving away… it was quite thrilling, and such a cool thing, especially when one of the other students said it sounded pretty cool. I was chuffed!

At any rate, this post started out as an intended link to some of the drumming resources that I have found lately (and some of my classmates have found, but I’m putting it here as a bookmark in case it’s useful sometime down the road), and I ended up recalling and relating a whole post about drums.

Blogging is like that – kewl, huh?  ;)

Anyway, here are the links:

The reason for the first two is that they have very good notation. For those that are into drumming notation, this is pretty comprehensive, well thought out, and flexible.


Comment posted by ozlady
at 10/16/2007 10:03:40 AM

Way cool – you lived in West Africa! Unreal! That would have been awesome! I aim to go there some day! You got it with the subtle variations – and it is an amazing hobby! Thanks for the great comment.

Comment posted by YesBut
at 10/16/2007 8:50:45 AM

I think the Kodo drummers are terrific – I can watch and listen to them for hours.

I also love listening to the dialogue between a sitar and tabla in Indian music.

When living in West Africa, I got to admire the techniques of local village drummers and the subtle variations they employed.

Salsa drumming is a big thing in London.

Sounds like a good hobby to have to vent any built up frustrations or anger.

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