Yoruba Single Drum

SKU PF.5134

20th Century AD


4.25″ (10.8cm) high x 9″ (22.9cm) wide




Southwestern Nigeria

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Music as a “language” is as important in communicating ideas as the dance movements performed by dancers in ritual ceremonies. Sophisticated rhythm and syncopated cadence created by drums and other instruments is as structurally complex as the patterned, rhythmical arrangements of the costumes. Each element works together to present a powerful single effect of “elevating” the audience to another level beyond the physical world. This handsome drum was worn so the musician could move about without disrupting his playing. In this way, the drummer becomes part of the dance, and not merely a stationary figure. Even when not being played and no sound is emitted, this fine drum still retains the magic of ancient ritual dance.

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