AFRICAN DRUM

What is music without a beat.

What is a beat without a drum. 

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Knowledge is power.

Power in words.

Words streaming a rhythmic sound.

Sounds creating music.

Music the universal language.

What is music without a beat

What is a beat without a drum.

 

Drumming is one of the oldest forms of music, sends a message, echoing the heartbeat of a nation, exhibiting the very life of a rich and everlasting culture.

 

Under the direction of Mr. Stelton Hill, The Scholars were introduced to the world of drumming. They were encouraged to hear the drums, feel the drums, and to express themselves playing the drums.

 

The Scholars quickly learned about some of the most common types of African Drums and African Percussion Instruments:

 

1) The Djembe-the most well known African drum around the world. This drum Sid to have been invented in the 12th century by the Mandinke Tribe. The most influential and basic of all African Drums. Originally created as a sacred drum to be used in healing ceremonies, rites of passage, ancestral worship, warrior rituals, as well as social dances.

 

2) The Dundun (Talking Drum)-the body of this drum shaped like an hourglass and has a number of strings or ropes stretched from top to bottom. Not a handheld drum, but to be held under one arm.

 

3) Gonkogwe Bell-from Ghana-a large two-toned bell, played with a metal or wooden stick. Essential to West African drumming and helps to define the central beat.

 

4) The Shekere- a dried ground covered with a woven net of beads or shells, originated in Africa.