Have YOU Ever Heard a Drum Talk?

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The History: the “Talking drum” can be traced back to the Yoruba people, the Ghana Empire and the Hausa people of West Africa. It is one of the oldest instruments from there.


The Cultural Significance: detailed messages could be sent from one village to the next faster than could be carried by a person riding a horse. Many African languages are tonal meaning the pitch is important in determining the meaning of a particular word. The drummers could be heard upwards of four to five miles. This was important in getting word to villages about certain events, especially since it was either that or walking. It also helps to create more meaningful music because a message can be heard. They are used mainly in celebrations and for entertainment now because cell phones have replaced them. The drums still symbolize a part of African tradition.


How the Drum is Made: The talking drum is an hourglass-shaped drum from West Africa, whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech. It has two drums heads connected by leather tension cords, which allow the player to modulate the pitch of the drum by squeezing the cords between his or her arm and body. A skilled player is able to play whole phrases.The drum can thus capture the pitch, volume, and rhythm of human speech, though not the qualities of vowels or consonants.


Why You Should Buy One:

  • It is a single instrument that can make so many different sounds. So, if one wants to save money and yet play good music, they could just buy a talking drum.

  • It also symbolizes a great African tradition and would serve as a great way to remember one’s origins or otherwise one’s visit to West Africa.

  • It is a fun, different type of instrument that could be played at social events.