All musical instruments are authentic professional instruments from West Africa.
The craftsmen who built them are descended from families who have produced the same artifacts for generations. They have mastered the techniques of selecting materials and building quality instruments through the years. Hear for yourself the unique sound that first echoed through Africa and now the world
The Fedoundoun (in Malinke language), also called Yedoundoun (in Sosso language), is considered a water drum.
It is composed of one half a calabash filled with water, and another smaller calabash placed upside down and floating on the water.
It is played by striking the top of the smaller calabash by hand or with mallets covered with rubbers (similar to the one used for the Balafon instrument).
A single player can play up to 3 of them tuned to a different pitch, and it is common to find multiple players each playing multiple Fedoundoun in an ensemble. A piece of rolled fabric can be placed under each instrument to stabilize it. The calabash sizes, and the amount of air under the smaller calabash are key factors in changing the sound produce by this instrument.
It was initially played during dry seasons to implore for rain.
The calabash being widely used in everyday life for various purposes, is the reason why it has inspired to built so many different instruments.. (Gita, Horde...and many more....)