The Talking Drums
Music Assignment Module 9 Arts Appreciation Honors
History of the Talking Drums
Cultural Significance of the Talking Drum
Construction of the Talking Drum
Sizes vary depending on the tone of pitch needed and the culture in which the drum is being used. The smaller the drum, the higher the pitch.
Playing styles also varied on cultures and where in Africa the people were located. People farther west in Africa usually played through short bursts of sound and rapid rolls, while people farther east typically produced long and sustained notes.
A smaller variation of the talking drum. Usually ranges from a length of 13 centimeters and a drum head diameter of 7 centimeters. This drum produces a high pitched tone than other talking drums. It is commonly played by the Wolof and Mandinka people. This picture shows a good size comparison.
Is a talking drum with much larger dimensions. Usually ranges from a length of 23-38 centimeters and a drum head diameter of 10-18 centimeters. It is usually played by the Dagomba and Yoruba people, as seen being played by the people of Yoruba on the right of the photograph. The Lunna talking drum is very similar to the Dundun. It was also popular in Yoruba culture.
Is somewhat similar to the Tama in size, being much smaller than typical talking drums and also had a higher pitched tone. The main difference is the the Gangan was more commonly played by Yoruba people. The picture showcases the varying sizes of talking drums.