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talking drum


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  • Variants

    • dùndún
    • gángán
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    • found: Work cat: Ruskin, Jesse D. The Yorùbá dùndún in local transnational perspective, 2013:page 1 (The dùndún of southwestern Nigeria is a versatile hourglass-shaped pressure drum used to reproduce the tones and inflections of the Yorùbá language; English colonists referred to it as a “talking drum,” a term that has stuck even though it is a misnomer—all Yorùbá drums can, in fact, “talk”; through their daily recitations of history and oral literature, dùndún musicians have for centuries played an integral role in the social, religious, and political life of Yorùbá -speaking peoples; I use the name dùndún in this paper as an umbrella term for all Yorùbá double-membrane hourglass tension drums, including the related gángán family)
    • found: Grove music online, viewed October 9, 2014:Talking drum (Because of its great tonal flexibility, the hourglass pressure drum is sometimes referred to as "the talking drum"; in general the term includes any drum (including the slit-drum) that is beaten in such a way that certain features of an unvocalized text can be recognized by a listener, these features acting as clues as to the meaning of the words being drummed; used in parts of Africa) Yoruba music (Dominant music today is that known as dundun, its title being taken from the name of the set of double-headed tension drums used for its performance)
    • found: Garland encyclopedia of world music, 1997:volume 1, page 471 (Yoruba popular music; dùndún, an hourglass-shaped pressure drum ("talking drum"), now among the most potent symbols of pan-Yoruba identity)
    • found: Wikipedia, viewed October 9, 2014(Talking drum; hourlgass-shaped drum from West Africa, whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech; has two drumheads connected by leather tension cords, which allow the player to modulate the pitch of the drum by squeezing the cords between his arm and body; other names are dondo, odondo, tamanin, lunna, donno, kalangu, dan karbi, igba, doodoo, tama, tamma, dundun, gangan)
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    • 2014-10-15: new
    • 2015-01-09: revised
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