Thursday, February 01, 2007

Westerners call it a talking drum

talking drum
Originally uploaded by k.Akagami.
Peoples of Africa recognize that All drums talk. But this one makes syllabic sounds. It vocalises because the thongs that tie the heads together make the pitch rise or fall with pressure from the player's arm. The high-to-low movement in pitch can be quite dramatic.

Today such drums are used by world-beat bands and indie bands. But the drum originates in West Africa.

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