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Canada Day 2019 photos.

 

Recent review by Wendy Rose, (The Telegram).

 

 

 

About

Dunungbe is a percussion ensemble based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), specializing in playing the traditional rhythms of several ethnic groups of Guinea, West Africa. Some of these rhythms are several hundred years old, having been passed down from generation-to-generation. The band's name, "Dunungbe," is one of the oldest versions of the Dununba or "dance of the strong man." The Dununba family of rhythms are the heart of Guinean traditional music; the word "Dununba" is commonly used to refer to any celebration where traditional drumming and dance are featured.

 

Dunungbe's leader, Anthony (Tony) Tucker has studied this music tradition for many years in a variety of workshops and settings around the world—most notably with legendary Malinke Master Drummer Famoudou Konate.

 

At the end of 2011, Tony moved back to St. John's and by 2014 founded Dunungbe with guitarist Craig Penney and percussionist Andrew McCarthy. As an experienced drumming teacher and one of the most knowledgeable traditional West-African drummers in NL, Tony has taught band members the traditional rhythms of Guinea on djembe (goblet shaped, skin hand drum), doundouns (a family of skin drums played with sticks) and kirin (cylindrical hand-carved wooden drums).

 

Traditionally in Guinea these pieces were used for celebrations, initiations, harvests, protection/blessings, and village conflict resolutions. Each rhythm would only be used for specific occasions. Beginner drummers and dancers had to learn songs exactly as taught without variation. Improvisation or new variations were permitted only after mastering, performing, and receiving the appreciation of spectators and permission from village elders.