Paragon Mali Kenken Dunun Bells

The Paragon Mali Kenken Dunun Bells from Africa Heartwood Project are professional-grade instruments hand crafted by blacksmiths in Mali. Made of recycled metal using traditional forging techniques, these bells exhibit a high tonal quality suited to use by professional percussionists in any setting. The average size of the bells are 3.5″x6″ large, 3″x5″ medium, and 2.5″x4.5″ small. Each comes with a metal striker included.

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Product Description

The Paragon Mali Kenken Dunun Bells from Africa Heartwood Project are professional-grade instruments hand crafted by blacksmiths in Mali. Made of recycled metal using traditional forging techniques, these bells exhibit a high tonal quality suited for use in professional Malinke dunun and djembe drum ensemble settings. 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. Paragon Mali Kenken Dunun Bells feature:

  • Professional grade bells made of higher quality metal – well pitched and crafted for good sound and durability
  • Set of three matching bells included, each of different size and pitch
  • Average sizes are 3.5in x 6in, 3in x 5in, and 2.5in x 4.5in 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 cultural artisans supported by Africa Heartwood Project
  • The purchase of this product sustains livelihoods for cultural artisans in West Africa.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
DDBSETMR 3 Bell Set Matching set of 3 kenken dunun bells with strikers (rectangular shape) $100
DDBSETMT 3 Bell Set Matching set of 3 kenken dunun bells with strikers (tear drop shape) $100

Artists

Africa Heartwood Drum & Dance Ensemble

Artisans