Instruments

DRASKA’S INSTRUMENTATION IS A VARIETY OF TRADITIONAL AFRICAN INSTRUMENTS
THAT USES CALABASHES FOR IT’S RESONANCE.

HOLLOWED OUT AND DRIED CALABASHES ARE A VERY TYPICAL UTENSIL IN HOUSEHOLDS
ACROSS WEST AFRICA.

THEY ARE USED TO CLEAN RICE, CARRY WATER, AND AS FOOD CONTAINERS.
SMALLER SIZES ARE USED AS BOWLS TO DRINK PALM WINE. OR, YOU CAN USE THEM
TO CREATE INSTRUMENTS…

 

THE N’GONI

WEST AFRICAN STRING INSTRUMENT.
IT’S ORIGINALLY PLAYED BY HUNTER’S AT CEREMONIES AND HAS A VERY SPIRITUAL MEANING IN WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY.
DRASKA PLAYS A 14STRINGS KAMELA N’GONI COLOURED BY GUITAR PEDAL EFFECTS SUCH AS WAH-WAH, OVERDRIVE AND DELAY.
HE DISCOVERS VARIOUS SCALES DIFFERENT FROM THE N’GONI’S ORIGINALLY PENTATONIC SCALE.

 

THE CALABASH

THE CALABASH IS A PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT, CONSISTING OF A DRIED HALF CALABASH, OF LARGE SIZE, THAT IS STRUCK WITH THE PALMS, FINGERS, WRIST OR OBJECTS TO PRODUCE A VARIETY OF PERCUSSIVE SOUNDS.
THIS INSTRUMENT IS USED IN TRADITIONAL DANCES.

 

BALAFON

THE BALAFON (BALA, BALAPHONE) IS A CALABASH RESONATED FRAME, WOODEN KEYED PERCUSSION IDIOPHONE OF WEST AFRICA;
PART OF THE IDIOPHONE FAMILY OF TUNED PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS THAT INCLUDES THE XYLOPHONE, MARIMBA AND VIBRAPHONE.
SOUND IS PRODUCED BY STRKING THE TUNED KEYS WITH TWO PADDED STICKS.

 

TALKING DRUM

THE TALKING DRUM IS AN HOURGLASS-SHAPED DRUM FROM WEST AFRICA, WHOSE PITCH CAN BE REGULATED TO MIMIC THE TONE AND PROSODY OF HUMAN SPEECH.
ITS BODY IS COVERED BY TWO SKINS WHICH ARE CONNECTED BY LEATHER STRINGS,
WHICH ALLOW THE PLAYER TO TWEAK ITS PITCH BY PRESSING THE DRUM BETWEEN HIS ARM AND BODY.

 

DUNUN

DUNUN (MALINKÉ: [‘DU.NUN]; PLURAL DUNUN) (ALSO SPELLED DUNDUN OR DOUNDOUN) IS THE GENERIC NAME FOR A FAMILY OF WEST AFRICAN DRUMS THAT DEVELOPED ALONGSIDE THE DJEMBE IN THE MANDE DRUM ENSEMBLE.
A DUNUN IS A ROPE-TUNED CYLINDRICAL DRUM WITH A RAWHIDE SKIN AT BOTH ENDS, MOST COMMONLY COW OR GOAT.
THE DRUM IS PLAYED WITH A STICK. DEPENDING ON THE REGION, A PLAIN STRAIGHT STICK, CURVED STICK WITH FLAT HEAD (SIMILAR TO THE STICK USED FOR A TAMA), OR A STRAIGHT STICK WITH A CYLINDRICAL HEAD ATTACHED AT RIGHT ANGLES NEAR ONE END MAY BE USED TO STRIKE THE SKIN.