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role of the drum in traditional African communications

G. Niangoran-Bouah

role of the drum in traditional African communications

by G. Niangoran-Bouah

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Published by African Studies Center, Boston University in Boston, Mass .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Drum language.,
  • Nonverbal communication -- Africa.

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Georges Niangoran-Bouah.
    SeriesDiscussion paper / African-American Issues Center -- no. 8, Discussion paper (African-American Issues Center) -- no. 8.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination15 leaves ;
    Number of Pages15
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL16923519M

    The drum still is an important aspect of the African community. Rarely van one mention about the Music culture of Africans without a mention of the Drums. With the changing times it is important for some of these cultures to be preserved for the purpose of further explorations in the future. The drum is a crucial component of African tradition. It could be considered the heartbeat of the tribe, setting the mood of the community and serving as a communal .

    how Africa was generally harmed by Western influence from the dawn of the transatlantic slave trade to colonial domination to disproportionate commerce in today. 1. Introduction Though Westerners often tend to view it as one “country” and lump its peoples together as Africans, Africa is . The Message of African Drums In the African culture, music is a part of daily life. It is used to convey news, to teach, to tell stories, and for religious purposes. The variety of musical instruments is as diverse as their culture, but the most important musical instrument to the African people is the drum.

    The people then ran away, and when the tortoise gave a certain tap on the drum all the Egbo men vanished. The people who had been beaten were so angry, and made so much palaver with the tortoise, that he made up his mind to return the drum to the king the next day. So in the morning the tortoise went to the king and brought the drum with him. The traditional African religions or traditional beliefs and practices of African people are a set of highly diverse beliefs that includes various ethnic religions. Generally, these traditions are oral rather than scriptural and passed down from one generation to another through folk tales, songs and festivals, include belief in an amount of higher and lower gods, sometimes including a supreme.


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Role of the drum in traditional African communications by G. Niangoran-Bouah Download PDF EPUB FB2

African drums have played an important role in in traditional African communities for communication purposes like emergency meetings, announcing war, the beginning and finish of harvest seasons and the death of important people in their respective societies like kings and chiefs.

In much of Africa, certain drums symbolize and protect royalty and are often housed in sacred dwellings. In fact you could say the drum was actually the first form of telephone.

Tribes, with use of the drum would communicate with other tribes often miles away. Drums were often used to signal meetings, dangers, etc.

African hand drums are played to communicate, celebrate, mourn and inspire. They’re played in times of peace and war, planting and harvesting, birth and death. Drums have been such a large part of Africans’ daily experience for so long that drumming pulses throughout their collective unconscious.

It’s in their genes. In the second type, the one used for African drum literature and the form to be considered here, the instruments communicate through direct representation of the spoken language itself, simulating the tone and rhythm of actual speech.

The instruments themselves are regarded as speaking and their messages consist of by: 1. In African culture drumming and drums hold a deeper, symbolic and historical significance. They herald political and social events attending ceremonies of birth, death and marriage.

They herald political and social events attending ceremonies of birth, death and marriage. Iconographic is a mode of traditional media of communication consists of the use of objects and flora media. It is a signification which the object refers to a thing, event or concept.

Perspectives in African Traditional Communication Systems. Dede Eleme J. Konkwo. Canun Publishers, - Communication - 59 pages. 0 Reviews. From inside the book. What people are child colonial COMMUNICATION IN TRADITIONAL communication system constitute context convey culture dance death demonstrative drum effect environment especially.

Drums play an important role in every aspect of African life, including the physical, emotional and spiritual. African hand drums are played to communicate, celebrate, mourn and inspire. They're played in times of peace and war, planting and harvesting, birth and death.

NAME: OKWUCHUKWU AJAGBO COURSE CODE: MASS COURSE TITLE: AFRICAN COMMUNICATION SYSTEM LEVEL:ICE ASSIGNMENT:SUMMARY OF TRADITIONALCHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION IN AFRICA (THEIR CLASSIFICATION) BASED ON MANY SCHOLARS Traditional channels of communication in Africa refers to the ways and means.

TRADITIONAL MEDIA OF COMMUNICATION AS TOOLS FOR EFFECTIVE RURAL DEVELOPMENT ABSTRACT The study is a critical examination of the role of mass media in Traditional media of communication as tools for effective rural development.

Notwithstanding the various modern means of communication such as RADIO, INTERNET, TELEVISION, NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, etc. Verbal communication had many purposes in the Traditional African Communication Systems, but its main function was relaying a message to one or more recipients.

It encompasses everything from simple one-syllable sounds to complex discussions and relied. In many instances, the traditional African drums are connected to spiritual endeavors and medicinal purposes.

The drums also had roles in ceremonies, such as births, weddings, funerals and festivals. Today, drums continue to be used in African life. They are played at baptisms, weddings, festivals and dances throughout the world. An African message can be transmitted at the speed of miles in an hour. Among the famous communication drums are the drums of West Africa (see talking drum).

From regions known today as Nigeria and Ghana they spread across West Africa and to America and the Caribbean during the slave trade.

There they were banned because they were being used by the slaves to communicate over long distances in a code unknown. The talking drums are important instruments of communication in Traditional African society which serve as the voice of the whole community and communicate the aggregate of their desires.

The talking drums are fashioned to enhance grassroots mobilization for developmental needs of the society.

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, Amegago illuminates the concepts, origin, nature and functions of African drumming, the roles of drummers in African and African Diaspora societies.

He examines the drum making processes, drumming techniques and structures and the philosophical values and meanings embedded in African drumming s: 1. In African drum ensembles, a musician establishes a time line which establishes the points of entry for the different instruments.

So the player must know the role of the particular instrument in the totality, and also the rhythm or rhythms assigned to it and precisely where they fit into the music. The talking drum is arguably one of the oldest traditional instrument in Africa. When next you travel for a festival or occasion in South-West, Nigeria, look out for the talking drum.

For Weird MC and others, the beat must go on. Anything else would be tragic.“It’s an instrument, in my opinion, which is very sacred,” the rapper said.

A talking drum is an ancient hourglass shaped African instrument. It is created by the Yoruba people of Nigeria and the Ashanti people of Ghana. It is also called a “waisted” drum because it has an hourglass shape with a “waist” in the middle. Talking drums are one of the oldest West African instruments used by master drummers, it symbolizes the power of a traditional political leader.

and order. Their role perpetuated the war psychosis where armed action (and the use of armoured vehicles) was needed to hold the threat against white South Africa at bay.

By media representation of protest activity had become more sophisticated, with the discourse of protest and political representation being well-developed over the years.

The beat of the African drum is considered the “heartbeat of the community” and its rhythm is what holds the dancers together. Dance is an integral part of the African culture. Dancers use symbolic gestures, masks, costumes, body painting and props to communicate. Communication and comments are realized by way of the drum, which is considered the secret language of Africa (talking drums).

The drums in Africa are used as a form of inter-regional communication among tribes. In Africa there are more than different languages and dialects being spoken on this continent.African culture has experienced rapid change since the colonial invasion.

Contemporary African culture is a mixture of traditional elements and alien features. Local African culture was oppressed for many years by white South Africans, who find their cultural roots in .African Drumming – The History and Continuity of African Drumming Traditions has been inspired by the need to document and share African drumming traditions.

Amegago draws from his life-long research in African drumming, music and dance, arts and cultures to compose a unique text that shares his experiences with other Africanist artists and scholars.