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African Drums: Dundun, The Talking Drum

African Drums: Dundun, The Talking Drum
by Ibisankale Kayode

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Length 83 mins
Year 2007
Code: KA-Dun
ISBN: 978-1-921882-74-6

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Dundun, also called the Talking Drum, is considered by many to be the most eloquent of all the African drums, and is believed to have originated within the divinity.  In the southern Sahara in Africa the Dundun is traditionally regarded as the instrument of the Kings.  This hour glass shaped drum is made in six types and exists in a family structure namely Iyaillu, Aguuda, Omele, Adamo, Kanago and Gudugudu, the latter been the eldest of all.  Each plays a specific traditional role in society.  The Dundun continues to play a vital role in African royal households, giving a formidable cultural link with various histories and ancestry.  Demonstrating the creativity and genius of the African arts, the Dundun adds flavour, colour, glamour and emotion to ceremonies, events and worship.

Director / Producer Ibisankale Kayode

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