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The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by gideonjeta(m): 3:09am On Nov 02, 2018
Talking drums from Yoruba culture are quite popular during religious occasions and other festivities but you can get familiar with the other languages of drums in Yoruba land.
Yoruba language and culture is very widespread across Africa, and even beyond. Outside Nigeria, you can find large Yoruba communities in Togo and Benin Republic. Smaller communities can be found in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other African countries. In diasporan countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Trinidad, Yoruba drum cultures are practiced, especially during Òrìsà worship.
Drums in Yoruba land consist of animal skin strained against wooden frames. Most of the drums are percussive in nature, that is produced a rhythmic pattern that is danceable. Talking drums, which are quite popular, are so named because they imitate human voices while some others are just melody borne.

Here are some of the major drums that are used in Yoruba land.

1. Omele Ako
The drum is also known as Sakara and it belongs to the bata family of drums. Omele is a shallow drum with a circular body, with goat or cow skin, the smallest in the set of bata drums. Omele Ako is used during weddings, parties and other festivities. Hausa people of northern Nigeria also produce and use this drum.

2. Gan Gan/Dun Dun (talking drum)
The talking drum is the most popular drum in Yoruba land. This hourglass-shaped drum can be traced back to the Old Oyo Empire in South-West, Nigeria. It was introduced as a means of communication during inauguration of the Alaafin of Oyo. It is a very key ingredient of Yoruba folklore. The language of the talking drum depends on what the message or chant is intended to be. Its pitch can be adjusted using the cords and strings around the drum.
It is also the drum used by afrobeat musician, Lagbaja.

3. Saworoide
Saworoide, or Chaworoide in Cuba, is a type of talking drum or gan gan decorated with brass bells and chimes. Such bells are attached to leather straps for support. Tunde Kelani's 1999 film, Saworoide, was named after a tradition that a person can not be crowned king without the playing of the saworoide.

4. Bata
Bata is a double-headed drum shaped like an hourglass with one cone larger than the other. Used mostly in religious functions, festivals, carnivals and coronations, the Bata conveys messages of hope, divination, praise and war. Bata comes in a set of three drums — Iya ilu bata (loudest), omele abo bata and omele ako. The first two are double headed and each end is played and produces a unique tone. The Iyá ("Mother"wink is the largest and loudest in the group, playing long, complex patterns with many variations and initiates conversations with the other two drums.

5. Gbedu/Ogido
The Gbedu or “a big drum'' is a percussive instrument mostly used for spiritual ceremonies like Ogoni ceremonies, the ancient Yoruba secret society. Played either with the palm or drumsticks, Gbedu is a symbol of royalty and is covered in designs and carvings representing birds, animals and godesses. The drum is said to have been brought to Yorubaland by Edo diplomats in the 17th century.

6. Ashiko
Ashiko is a tapered cylindrical shaped drum with its head on the wide end and its narrow end open. It is made of goatskin hide strained against hardwood, played during festivals using the palms.

https://www.nigerialog.com/culture/the-language-of-drums-in-yoruba-land/new/#new

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by fillipelobos: 4:09am On Nov 02, 2018
Interesting

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by alabsmichael(m): 12:30pm On Nov 24, 2018
Drums are important in Yoruba land,the talking drum was used in Radio Nigeria Ibadan(in the 1950s)to usher in the beginning of new dawn.It was beaten then to say "This is Nigerian Broadcasting Service God bless Yoruba

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by toluleke(m): 12:32pm On Nov 25, 2018
Lovely information .

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by scholes0(m): 12:33pm On Nov 25, 2018
kindlyStfu:
Afonja and noise

Yoruba Gbayi. wink

IPOB Gboshi. grin

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Nobody: 12:33pm On Nov 25, 2018
afonjas ndi ara

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by kindlyStfu: 12:34pm On Nov 25, 2018
Afonja and noise

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Nobody: 12:35pm On Nov 25, 2018
Amazing culture shocked



Say no to tribalism!
Shun ethnic tribalism!!!

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Nobody: 12:35pm On Nov 25, 2018
angry
kindlyStfu:
Afonja and noise


KindlyStfu, kindly behave!!!


grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by atikulated2019: 12:35pm On Nov 25, 2018
who cares about afonja united
They are only good are Intensive minning
Can any thing good come out of the Waste West
Jubril self undecided

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Nobody: 12:35pm On Nov 25, 2018
sad
biafraguy:
afonjas ndi ara



cheesy

Biafraguy & Afonjas right now!!!

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Consultville(m): 12:35pm On Nov 25, 2018
I love bata

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Yohh: 12:35pm On Nov 25, 2018
The beauty of the West

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by missioner(m): 12:35pm On Nov 25, 2018
gideonjeta:
Talking drums from Yoruba culture are quite popular during religious occasions and other festivities but you can get familiar with the other languages of drums in Yoruba land.
Yoruba language and culture is very widespread across Africa, and even beyond. Outside Nigeria, you can find large Yoruba communities in Togo and Benin Republic. Smaller communities can be found in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other African countries. In diasporan countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Trinidad, Yoruba drum cultures are practiced, especially during Òrìsà worship.
Drums in Yoruba land consist of animal skin strained against wooden frames. Most of the drums are percussive in nature, that is produced a rhythmic pattern that is danceable. Talking drums, which are quite popular, are so named because they imitate human voices while some others are just melody borne.

Here are some of the major drums that are used in Yoruba land.

1. Omele Ako
The drum is also known as Sakara and it belongs to the bata family of drums. Omele is a shallow drum with a circular body, with goat or cow skin, the smallest in the set of bata drums. Omele Ako is used during weddings, parties and other festivities. Hausa people of northern Nigeria also produce and use this drum.

2. Gan Gan/Dun Dun (talking drum)
The talking drum is the most popular drum in Yoruba land. This hourglass-shaped drum can be traced back to the Old Oyo Empire in South-West, Nigeria. It was introduced as a means of communication during inauguration of the Alaafin of Oyo. It is a very key ingredient of Yoruba folklore. The language of the talking drum depends on what the message or chant is intended to be. Its pitch can be adjusted using the cords and strings around the drum.
It is also the drum used by afrobeat musician, Lagbaja.

3. Saworoide
Saworoide, or Chaworoide in Cuba, is a type of talking drum or gan gan decorated with brass bells and chimes. Such bells are attached to leather straps for support. Tunde Kelani's 1999 film, Saworoide, was named after a tradition that a person can not be crowned king without the playing of the saworoide.

4. Bata
Bata is a double-headed drum shaped like an hourglass with one cone larger than the other. Used mostly in religious functions, festivals, carnivals and coronations, the Bata conveys messages of hope, divination, praise and war. Bata comes in a set of three drums — Iya ilu bata (loudest), omele abo bata and omele ako. The first two are double headed and each end is played and produces a unique tone. The Iyá ("Mother"wink is the largest and loudest in the group, playing long, complex patterns with many variations and initiates conversations with the other two drums.

5. Gbedu/Ogido
The Gbedu or “a big drum'' is a percussive instrument mostly used for spiritual ceremonies like Ogoni ceremonies, the ancient Yoruba secret society. Played either with the palm or drumsticks, Gbedu is a symbol of royalty and is covered in designs and carvings representing birds, animals and godesses. The drum is said to have been brought to Yorubaland by Edo diplomats in the 17th century.

6. Ashiko
Ashiko is a tapered cylindrical shaped drum with its head on the wide end and its narrow end open. It is made of goatskin hide strained against hardwood, played during festivals using the palms.

https://www.nigerialog.com/culture/the-language-of-drums-in-yoruba-land/new/#new
You supposed to add pictures

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by PennywysCares(m): 12:36pm On Nov 25, 2018
Offcourse we know
The drum tells us Buhari is heading to Daura by 2019

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by gypsey(m): 12:36pm On Nov 25, 2018
Skull miners

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by simple250: 12:36pm On Nov 25, 2018
Good old days undecided
Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by RevenGeMission: 12:36pm On Nov 25, 2018
Yoruba L'asha

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Nobody: 12:36pm On Nov 25, 2018
They should have just left the western region alone by itself.

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Stormyweather(m): 12:37pm On Nov 25, 2018
It is a very informative write up. Education is good but limited education should be frowned on. OP there's a saying that 'what is worth doing is worth doing well' it won't hurt if you did further image research and add pictures.

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Mutab4u(m): 12:38pm On Nov 25, 2018
very interesting, op try and add an image to make it understandable.

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by NIGHTMARE0O7: 12:39pm On Nov 25, 2018
Afonjas

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Delivar(m): 12:40pm On Nov 25, 2018
Nice

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by easynetsms(m): 12:41pm On Nov 25, 2018
I love talking drum though am not a Yoruba guy.

Check my signature

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Elthugnificent(m): 12:42pm On Nov 25, 2018
Nice one. Nice blog idea by the way.... Keep on the good work....

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Topmaike007(m): 12:43pm On Nov 25, 2018
Good

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by mkoabiola: 12:43pm On Nov 25, 2018
D biafrans will not and never be happy with this iconic culture .

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by AworiLagosian: 12:43pm On Nov 25, 2018
kindlyStfu:
Afonja and noise

lol we aren't the ones that condemned your ancestors to beat drums made from pako wood and fallen tree logs like forest baboons when higher civilizations were beating real drums made from quality leather. grin

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Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by banio: 12:46pm On Nov 25, 2018
Can the drum help me woe Perfect. I need her pu**sy like food, three times a day
Re: The Language Of Talking Drums In Yoruba Land by Frankdoz26: 12:48pm On Nov 25, 2018
Aaaha so this the drum that makes an average afonja forget ewedu!

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