We can’t discuss Black music without mentioning the drum. I’m sure this season will continue to have drum references throughout but I think it’s important to discuss the origin of the instrument.
Drums hold a very special place in African history and culture.
For the Western world, drums are mainly relegated to the realm of entertainment, adding another musical dimension to songs and other performances. In Africa, drums hold various symbolic meanings that have played an important part in the history of the people who call the continent their home.
As you listen to your favorite music, see if you hear any similar drum sounds like I’ve shared with you today.
As a reminder this episode is part of season 4 of the Dust + Dignity Podcast. A special season entitled: Black Music’s Roots in Social Justice Advocacy. Dr. Campbell was one of 5 awardees of CASAA’s Inaugural Scholar-Advocate Program. CASAA is the Center for Anti Racist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action at Arcadia University. This season will triangulate archival research, storytelling and strategies of Black music as a tool for change.
Dotmatic – Dust + Dignity Theme
The Allenko Brotherhood Ensemble – Drumfire
Egbe Mi – West African Djembe Percussion Groove
Rhythm Paints – The Gambia Sessions featuring Laye Ndiaye – Sabar Drum Language
Wolof Talking Drum
The Allenko Brotherhood Ensemble – Leroy