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Speaking in Rhythm — Drums That Talk, Voices That Drum

Ewe drumming, Kopeyia, Ghana.

This will be the first of several posts exploring the interplay between music, language and sound, particularly as it relates to African drumming.  We’ll start by addressing the notion of “drum language.”  In my view, drum language can be placed into two basic categories: 1) drum imitates sound of voice; 2) voice imitates sound of drum.

The first approach — drum imitating voice — can be found in the music of the Dagomba people of Northern Ghana.  Through a variety of techniques — most notably READ MORE

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