[See instructional music below inluding Sambai and brukdong]
Some important comparisons between Kriol and Garifuna drums:
KRIOL JROM (DRUM)
The head on this antique sambai drum is strung up between rings made out of vine and holes drilled into the shell. The head is tuned with pegs that twist and tighten the rope. It appears like a Punta drum but is tuned higher and sounds completely different.
This is a picture of the most popular drum of the Garifuna people. Note how the Punta drum has a snare across the head . Punta drums are tuned relatively flat and contain several drums of different sizes in the ensemble. This gives Garifuna rhythms its distinctive sound.
Included is an audio CD intended to be used as a reminder when practicing the rhythms taught in the Kriol Jromin Werkshap. The rhythms are broken down into the accompaniments and then played in full. The tracts of each rhythm played in full are long enough to play along with. Tracts 18 and 21 are live recordings from Manatee during Christmas 2008. They are good examples of the brokdong and sambai rhythms in their true form and their natural setting.
Jolee, kuklu, kakilambeh, soli, brokdong, sambai, and punta = the names of rhythms
With funding from the Social Investment Fund the National Kriol Council was able to conduct in 2010 a two month cultural entreprenural skill training project. One of the areas of training was drumming. With the assistance of Emmeth Young, the facilitator, participants were able to learn the basic history of Belizean Kriol drums and drumming styles and rhythms. Each participant received a certificate of accomplishment and an instructional CD as a guide for continuing to practice rhythms.