Talking Drum (Gangan- The Magical Drum) are part of a family of hourglass shaped pressure drums. In the Yoruba heritage, these include gangan, iya-ilu, kanango and omele. They are all commonly played by Yorubas
Playing Talking Drum.
The drum's heads at either end of the drum’s wooden body are made from hide, goat –skin (soft goat skin) or other membranes which are wrapped around wooden hoops. Leather cords or thongs (ọsán) made from the deer skin runs the length of the drum’s body and are wrapped around both hoops; when you squeeze these cords, the drum's heads tighten, changing the instrument’s pitch.
Talking Drum and Spoken Language.
Talking drum mimics the rhythms and intonation of spoken words. They can reproduce the sounds of proverbs or praise songs. Talking drum’s dialogue can be easily understood by a knowledgeable Yoruba audience.
Talking Drum Patterns and Rhythms.
Talking drums can be played in various patterns and rhythms for different activities.
There are different patterns for celebrations, war,
naming ceremony, burial, inauguration, games and sports, rites of passage, healing and storytelling.
The Magical drum's ability to imitate the tonal sound of human voice has made it superior to any other drum. It was invented to send messages, but since it can both talk and sing, it automatically became a unique musical instrument. The sweet sound produced by the drum always electrify its listeners and elevates their spirits.
-It is used to tell the history of the past, to teach people on how to cope with the present and how to prepare for the future.
-The talking drum is very beautiful and can be used to decorate your home.
Who Can Play The Talking Drum
-Anyone who is familiar or willing to be familiar with the basic rhythmic patterns, have a drum and ready to take lessons.
Where To Get The Drum or Learn...
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