Dunun The dundun is a closed double-headed cylindrical wooden drum with a laced membrane. The dundun drum was adopted from the Mande from Mali. This set of drums used to be one of the royal drums of the Mande and the Wolof from Senegal, but now they are found in Mali and in the area along the upper reaches of the Gambia river. It then spread along the costal regions of West Africa.

In the literature, the dundun is referred to as: "dunun, djun djun, djoundjoung, doundoun and doundounba". The dundun is one of a set of three drums, of which it is the largest, besides the medium-sized sanbeni (sangba) and the kenkeni, the narrowest of the ensemble.

The dundun can be made of wood (cedar, walnut or any other hardwood) or of metal. The drum shell of a metal dundun is a sawn-off cylindrical barrel. The three drums are placed horizontally in an X-shaped stand to support the drums during play. The dundun is approximately 65 cm long and has a diameter of 40 to 50 cm. The membrane is either goat or cow hide. The two membranes are tied to each other along the sides with a system of interlaced ropes. The dundun drum is a bass drum and has a low full sound.