History of the Talking Drum

By, Allie Schreiber

History of the Talking Drum

The talking drum originated in West Africa. The talking drum's history can be traced all the way back to the Ghana Empire. They are hourglass shaped and one of the oldest instruments used in West Africa. The instrument is hard to make in West Africa. Talking drums were used as a communication tool during the eighteenth century.

Cultural Significance

In Mali, talking drums have been used for many purposes. They are used by jellis and can orally record, preserve, and share the communities history and culture. Drums were used to communicate messages across distances and villages. This could be used by a king to talk to a distant messenger. Talking drums were also popularly used during religious ceremonies. The drums are still used today, but not as popular as they used to be. Talking drums are used more for celebration and entertainment, rather than for communication. The jellis are still an important part of society today.

Talking Drums

A Great Cultural Tradition!!!!!!

Construction of the Talking Drum

Talking drums have an hourglass shape. The drum head at each end is made out of animal hide. The actual drum itself is made from wood and leather cords. The cords connect the two heads of the drum. Talking drums are generally very small but, they can be large. The largest drum, the dundun, is about thirty-eight centimeters.

Why Should I Buy A Talking Drum?

You, and everyone else, should buy a talking drum to keep the West African cultural traditions alive. This drum was used for communication and entertainment, two things that are still used today. With this drum, you can have a unique instrument that will serve many purposes including communication, celebration, and religious homage. Buying this drum will be the best decision ever made!!