Mali, Guinea and Senegal, as heard on the drums
At Insights, we couldn’t wait a moment longer. We just had to ask him what took him from the trumpet to the drums of Africa… and we could hardly stop our feet from tapping to the beat while we were talking to him!
Meet Zbigniew ‘Zbyszek’ Zieliński, graphic artist.
Another type of drum is the dundun. They’re used to mark out the rhythm. They’re set up on their sides, on stands, with a bell over them. You use one hand to hit the membrane with a stick and, with the other, you use a metal rod or nail to tap the bell. There are three sizes of dundun and they differ in pitch. The largest is the dununba, which is a bass drum. The medium-sized, medium-pitched one is the sangban. The smallest, and highest pitched, is the kenkeni. The kenkeni is like a metronome, It serves to beat out the basic rhythm. You could compare the dununba to the central instrument in a drum kit. And the sangban creates a melody composed of more diverse phrases.
Just as there are different types of drum, so there are different ways of playing them. For example, with the djembe, you strike it at the centre with your whole hand for a bass sound. Hitting the edge with your fingers closed gives you a higher pitch, while the slap, where you strike the edge with widespread fingers, produces the sharpest pitch, the highest.
Folk’n’Roll holds regular workshops and also runs sessions for companies and workshops for children. We’re often part of major events in the city, things like marathons, parades and so forth. Last year, we went to Warsaw to drum out our support of the Łódź women’s football team in the final of the Polish Cup.
You really should come to a workshop! Sylwia’s capable of teaching absolutely anyone to play. She explodes with energy. All you need to start with is a sense of rhythm!
Meanwhile, MakoLabbers are well aware that Zbyszek is always happy to share his knowledge. So, if the idea of a fast-track intro to drumming appeals to you, check out our current job openings without further ado
English translation by Caryl Swift