Drum Language

The Yoruba drums, like many other African drums, mimic speech and speech patterns. This is another unique quality that bestows endless possibilities of grooves on African drums. Although the hourglass drum, gangan/dundun, is commonly refered to as the talking drum, it is not the only talking drum in Yoruba music. Other drums like the bata, sakara and ogido also talk. In grooving, our drums play rhythms or talk. Furthermore a drum could be designated to monologue. It could also harmonise other drums or speak in unison with them as well as all combinations in between.