Toggle navigation. Talking Drum Facts The talking drum is an instrument in the percussion family that originates from West Africa. This hourglass shaped drum can be traced back to antiquity and is known by a variety of names including the gangan in Yoruba and doodo in Songhai. They are referred to as talking drums because they are able to be tuned to mimic the sound of human speech in terms of tone and accent such as emotion. The talking drum has two drum heads one on either end which are attached by cords that provide the player with the ability to change the pitch when playing by squeezing them which changes the tension.
Interesting Talking Drum Facts: The talking drum is traditionally made of wood and animal skin, with leather cords for tension.
Goatskin was common for the drum skin. The talking drum is known by several names according to the language in Africa. Talking drums have been used by African cultures to transmit messages over long distances since antiquity but it wasn't until the Europeans arrived in the s that this became known to the outside world.
Messages sent by talking drums have included more words to communicate the message than would be required by a written message but the message could be sent much quicker. Some cultures in Africa use smaller talking drums while others prefer larger versions. Talking drums come in various sizes including omele, gan gan, Iya-Ilu also known as the mother of drums and dun dun - the largest talking drum.
The hourglass shape of the talking drum alludes to how it is meant to be held, under the arm. When playing a taking drum Drums And Flowers / Talking Drum - Various - Arrhythmia musician often uses a stick to strike the drum head, as well as their fingers, and they Born To Be Wild - Various - Landsvägs Rock their other hand to Red Techno - Digital Geist - The Zero Engine the tension of the cords which enables them to change the pitch.
Some talking drums are as small as 2. Talking drums have been a part of Drums And Flowers / Talking Drum - Various - Arrhythmia culture since the beginning and are considered to help define their culture because they are so deeply ingrained in it. Many drums in Africa are referred to as talking drums however when they are mentioned outside of Africa as talking drums the reference is usually in regards to the hourglass shaped instrument. The talking drum is traditionally made of wood and animal skin, with leather cords for tension.
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