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ARTS & CULTURE – The Talking Drum

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In this edition of Arts & Culture, our focus is on the West African Talking Drum, which holds significant cultural importance in West African culture as it serves both musical and communication functions.

The Hausa tribe call it Kalangu, Dan Kar’bi, the Serer, Wolof, and Mandinka name it Tama, Tamma, and even the Yorubas call it Dùndún, Gángan.

What is the talking drum called in your language?

It is used in various ceremonies and rituals, and it conveys messages through drum beats, reflecting the richness of oral traditions and community cohesion.

The talking drum’s pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech, in fact, it can accurately replicate speech with a remarkable level of detail.

Sankulleh Janko tells us how it is used in the Gambian context.

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