The Talking Drum

By Will Edwards

About The Talking Drum

The talking drum is an drum from West Africa, whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and the metrics of human speech. To play the talking drum you strike the drum with a mallet and to change the pitch you squeeze the ropes.

How the Talking Drum Influenced the American Music

The talking drum has influenced American music a lot. It has especially influenced the blues and jazz because a guy name Tom Waits made a song called "Trouble's Braids". You can hear the talking drum throughout the whole song.