INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
talking drum is one of the oldest yet popular West Africa musical instruments. It has an hourglass shape and two drumheads; they are linked with leather tension cords.
The player can modulate the pitch of the drum by pressing the cords between the arm and body. The talking drum is capable of capturing the rhythm, tone, and volume of human speech.
The talking drum has been used before the eighteenth century by griots; this percussion is used in formal settings or traditional functions such as rituals, storytelling, and dance.
The talking drum is rich in culture and tradition; it has three possible origins such as the Ghana Empire, the Hausa people, and the Yoruba people.
The drum answers to its name. In the 18th century, the colonial masters (Europeans) noticed that messages were being passed across within the locals just by playing the drum. The talking was used to warn the villagers or neighboring villages against attacks or inform them about a ceremony.
The talking drum mimics language by tactfully copying the intonations and rhythms of a voice or spoken words.
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