Gogodze is a West African dance, music for that dance and drums used to play that music that some people still remember, but it's fading into the mists of history. Phu means bones, but sounds similar to vu, which means drums. So, the Gogodze Phu series is our collection of the ghosts and bones of traditional percussion from across the world. This first volume contains samples of five bobobo drums from Ghana - a set of peg-tuned drums in five sizes - and a cajon recorded in Poland.
The bobobo drums have one articulation recorded for the bass drum, and two articulations for the others. The volume and pan controls are obvious in their function. The tune controls have a one-octave range both down and up. The mute controls simulate muting using a sample offset. Finally, the tune spread control tunes the lower drums slightly down and higher drums slightly up.
The cajon is sampled with regular hits in five strike locations, plus two types of side hits, two strike locations with the snare removed (for a conga-like sound) and finally finger rolls. The finger rolls work not by hitting the key, but by holding it down for as long as the roll should last, and they have a dynamics control which affects volume, plus a location control which crossfades between finger rolls near the center and near the top. There's also a contrast control, which makes the rear mic slightly more prominent on more central hits, and the front mic on edge hits, which makes the difference between "kick" and "snare" sounds on the cajon a little bigger.
There are a total of 544 WAV samples, and the library takes up 90 MB of diskspace. Here is a walkthrough showing the sounds and functionality.
And a song which uses the bobobo drums - they show up 10 seconds in.
Gogodze Phu Vol I requires Plogue Sforzando version 1.933 or newer. Free download, open source and royalty-free for all commercial and non-commercial use, including conversion into other sampler formats and redistribution as part of larger sample libraries.