Classic Kenken Dunun Bell Set

The Classic Kenken Dunun Bell Set from Africa Heartwood Project are hand crafted from recycled scrap metal by blacksmiths in Togo. The clam shape allows for nesting and easy installation onto the dunun drum while allowing one side to resonate. Solds in sets of three and with generic low-to-high tuning. Metal striker included with each bell.

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Product Description

The Classic Kenken Dunun Bell Set from Africa Heartwood Project are hand crafted by blacksmiths in Togo. Made of recycled metal using traditional forging techniques, these kenken (KEN-ken) bells have a nice melodic sound quality, not as shrill and piercing as dunun bells made of metal piping. The kenken are traditionally played with dunun laying transverse and bell on top, with one hand playing the bell and the other playing dunun with wood mallet. These bells feature:

  • Set of three matching bells included, each of different size and pitch
  • Average sizes are 5″x8″, 4″x6″, and 2.5″x5″ for L, M, and S
  • Bells are “nesting” for easy transport and storage
  • Clam shape allows side not attached to dunun ropes to resonate
  • Rugged, authentic structure, texture, and sound; minor discoloration is expected
  • Each set is hand crafted, so slight variations in size and sound do exist
  • The forging process requires the use of oil, of which a residue may remain on the bells
  • Metal striker included with each bell
  • African-made product from Africa Heartwood Project
  • The purchase of this product sustains livelihoods for cultural artisans in West Africa.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
DDBSETGH 3 Bell Set Kenken Dunun Bells $60

Artists

Africa Heartwood Drum & Dance Ensemble

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