Recording Studio: Drums of Africa

As the most important recording studio musical instrument in Africa, the drum in that section of the world is of staggering variance. Drums in Africa come in different forms and are used for a multitude of functions. Certain drums, however, are far more popular than others.

Recording Studio: Djembe

The djembe is a goatskin-covered percussion instrument shaped like a large goblet made to be played with bare hands. The djembe first appeared, at least in history in the 13th century in the West African empire of Mali. During this time, griots, a West African hybrid of historians and musicians, used the instruments to produce accompanying music for their tales, which were usually about the warrior-founder of the Mali Empire Sundiata (c. 1217 to 1255). Mali’s inhabitants, the Malinke and the Susu used the drum during the celebration of sacred and secular events.

Recording Studio Djembe

Recording Studio: DunDun

The recording studio talking drum or dundun is an hourglass-shaped drum with a strap, traditionally slung over one shoulder while tucked underneath the other and played with a curved beater. The talking drum is named because of the player’s ability to alter its pitch to mimic language tonality or “talk.” The Yoruba people, who mainly live in present day Nigeria, invented the dundun. In ancient times, the talking drum was used for a variety of purposes from being a musical instrument during celebrations to a sort of telegram for relaying messages during times of war or to announce the arrival of a visitor.

Recording Studio: Bata

Bata is a set of three recording studio drums of different sizes played with either a stick or hands. They are characterized by having two heads, with one bigger than the other. Another drum of Yoruba origin, the bata drum is considered the sacred drum of the deity Ana or Oshun, known as the goddess of love. Bata drums play an important role in Cuba, where African slaves introduced them. They are used in religious events as well as in Cuba’s genres of music.
Look at this amazing African Drummer!!