African Drums Nobody Knows Of
Get Ready For Something New
Bored by the djembe-hype? Get ready for something different:
There are many African drums that hardly anyone knows of outside Africa!
I wonder why we've ignored these traditional tribal drums for so long.
They are just as wicked and as African as the djembe drum
Will you be the one to start a new trend? Here's all the info you need to find your new
favorite African percussion instrument!
Let me begin with my personal new fave:
Ghanaian Kpanlogo Drum
The Kpanlogo Drum
In my opinion the most beautiful of all African drums!
Its gorgeous design and mystic, mellow sound are just
hearing kpanlogo drumming in the distance you think you're in the
Want to play yourself? It's doable - and challenging
enough to keep you working for quite some time!
Hand And Stick Drums
We often make the mistake to assume that African drums are
hand drums. In fact, most of them are also played with
sticks. The result is a powerful sound!
A great example is the:
Ewe Drum Set
The long master drum called atsimevu
the father of the Ewe drum family. Together, they send a
thunder through the forests that you can
hear even miles away.
definitely one of the coolest drumming styles I've heard so
far! Just take a look at Agbadza
probably the most famous of all Ewe rhythms and dances.
is impressive in size and sound. As a court drum, it is only to be
played for kings and chiefs. The majestic drum serves that
purpose very well!
A bit smaller, but just as interesting are the bougarabou
ngoma, sabar, tabla, kutiro
and the brekete
the set of bass drums that often accompanies the djembe (also called
djun djun, duns, doum doum etc.)
Another type of stick drums are the:
In fact, many African drums are "talking" drums. But when a Westerner
term he usually refers to the hourglass-shaped instruments. They are
all over West Africa, with different features, playing styles
I can't wait to find out what they are talking about!
Gome Foot Drum
Frame drums like the tamalin
or the sikko
from Guinea are pretty
But the gome box drum
of the Ga tribe
the coolest of all:
It is played with hands and feet
That makes it quite a show to watch and quite a physical effort to
All above drums belong to the membranophone family. That
means a stretched skin is responsible for their sound. But
idiophones can do without:
The sound of these clay pots are just as mystical as their traditions.
The Igbo women in Nigeria are the inventors of the udu drums
Men are strongly
advised to stay away!...
The Malinke and Sosso people got creative with calabashes: They filled
water. Refreshingly different!
Slit drums might be the first drums that human beings ever
produced. They can be found all over the world. Guineans call
while the Congolese know them as mukoku
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