This beautiful small handmade drum has two unshaved goat-hide heads which create a high voice. Kenyan drums are traditionally handcarved from a single piece of wood, while shaved goat skin is preferred for the drum head, as the thin skins are best suited for producing the higher pitch typical of Kenyan drumming. The Kenyan drum was originally used for ceremonial purposes, such as motivating warriors heading into battle. Today they are more often used for entertainment and uniting communities. Play these drums with your hands to keep the drum head in good condition. Undugu’s drum making community is comprised of 300 artisans based in Majengo. Each individual is specialised in their sector and earns a fair wage and bonuses. Undugu is one of the pioneer organisations in sub–Saharan Africa, focusing on rehabilitating street children and community empowerment.
This is a handmade instrument. Tones may vary.
Undugu Society of Kenya
Kenyan artisans access new markets and create a sustainable living from crafting high quality products by working with Undugu, a social enterprise that empowers lives through trade. ‘Undugu’ is a Kiswahili word meaning brotherhood and solidarity, and the organisation supports innovation, research and development for artisans enabling them to fulfil their aspirations.Read more
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