The art of drumming involves the skills displayed by the performer in playing the drums. The person who plays the drum is called a drummer. He/she understands the styles, rhythm, and melody line of the drum.
There are many types of drums with different sounds and pitches.
- Gangan (talking drum)
- Iya-ilu (big drum)
- Kettle drum.
We play the drums with hands or sticks depending on the type of drum. The drum can be used at various occasions to accompany and lead songs as well.
Does the drum talk? Yes, I know of African drums. For example, the Gangan (hour-glass), the talking drum of the Yorubas.
The drummer has an understanding of what he wants to tell his people; a message to pass across to the community or an individual. Without much academics, he rolls out the proverbial statements in various simple and complex rhythms. Only those with deep knowledge of the language and culture would understand!
Rhythms on different local drums could be compared to flowing patterns of many rivers linking the Atlantic Ocean.
The performer sometimes illustrates the classic improvised sound of different pitches on his talking drum (hour-glass), rendering the praises of the Almighty God or the praise-individual. He may have some back-up singers who would echo interpretation in Yoruba language, reminiscing a typical Yoruba talking drum cultural performance!
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