The drum that talks

It’s my favourite discovery in David’s notes for the series… an African instrument made from tree-trunks and hit with sticks. The drummer creates a series of high and low tones that form a message. It’s just a rhythm to the uninitiated, but to those who speak drum it’s as conversational, jokey and complex as any other language.

David and Matt recorded Nana Kyeremateng Bafour in Accra, Ghana. He’s been playing the talking drum since he was small. Below you can hear him tell a creation myth – there’s a translation at the end:

Thanks to Aaron Bebe and Sebastian Schmidt for helping us find Nana. Aaron

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