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May 14, 2010 7:58 PM   Subscribe


 
Yes.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:03 PM on May 14, 2010


More cowbell!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:06 PM on May 14, 2010


This. Awesome.
posted by Malice at 8:06 PM on May 14, 2010


Beautiful, thanks.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:07 PM on May 14, 2010


Apparently, the man in the video sells these at the number listed in the video, and can give you lessons.
posted by Malice at 8:10 PM on May 14, 2010


That is totally awesome.

My SO observes with some consternation that he appears to be playing the drum with a penis bone, but I think that makes it more awesome.
posted by bewilderbeast at 8:19 PM on May 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


For those who don't know, the reason why it's called a "talking drum" is that Yoruba and some of the other languages of West Africa where this originates are tonal languages (like Chinese) and the drummer is able to imitate speaking tones.

Thanks flapjax, I have never gotten to see a talking drum played well. A professor in college had been in the Peace Corps in Nigeria and had one but he wasn't very musical and didn't really know what he was doing with it.
posted by XMLicious at 8:29 PM on May 14, 2010


In addition to rockin' the beats, these things used to be used as a sort of town crier (and have largely been made obsolete by cell phones).
posted by Burhanistan at 8:33 PM on May 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was mightily impressed seeing King Sunny Ade's band where 3 or 4 talking drummers play some very complex parts in perfect unison.
posted by Jode at 8:40 PM on May 14, 2010


Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwesome. Thanks.
posted by dubitable at 9:03 PM on May 14, 2010


FlapjaxFilter strikes again. Impeccable as usual. Thanks!
posted by fourcheesemac at 9:17 PM on May 14, 2010


Oh hells yes.
posted by clarknova at 12:11 AM on May 15, 2010


Thanks for this. A friend of mine was the only non-Nigerian filling in in a Nigerian Afro-pop band touring the U.S. a few years ago. He played the drum kit.

He was still getting up to speed, and the percussionist playing the talking drum would sometimes play proverbs making fun of my friend when he would mess up. The other band members would tell him later what the proverbs meant, so that he would understand why the Yoruba-speaking people in the crowd would occasionally crack up.
posted by umbĂș at 2:22 PM on May 15, 2010 [5 favorites]


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