8 Shocking Facts About The Talking Drum That Will Shock You

The talking drum that voice of Africa which is a means of communication, a tool for celebration and a voice that speaks counsel in the past, present and the nearest future, you are about to be open to the world of astonishing secrets of this instrument that is heard and marveled all over the world

1 The talking drum has numerous other names and some of them are Gangan, Dundun, Doodo and Igba

2 The talking drum’s history can be traced to the descendants of Oduduwa, the Yoruba people

3 The word ‘Ayan’ means drummer, most drummers like to add the prefix to their names and examples are Ayangbade, Ayanbinrin, Ayangbade, Ayanniyi just to mention a few

4 The first drummer according to Yoruba history was a man called Ayangalu

5 The talking drum remain one of the oldest instruments of West Africa

6 The talking drum is an hour glass shaped musical instrument which has a replica in Asia called ‘Idakka’ only that it can only mimic vocal music but the talking drum can mimic vocal music and speech

7 The talking drum was used as a means of communication in the past in is still being used today and will continue to in the nearest future

8 English emigrant, John F. Carrington was so fascinated by the drum and drummers that he wrote a book ‘The Talking Drums of Africa’ which was published in 1949 which explained how African Drummers could communicate complex message over long distances some about 4-5 miles away, now that is shocking

My fingers are so itchy I want to even go and play a drum, what do you think about the talking drum, the voice of Africa?





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