Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World

from  Afropop Worldwide

Feb 11, 2016

 

#724 Produced by Ned Sublette air date 2/11/2016 In Africa, drums don't only play rhythms, they send messages. “Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World” explores an endangered tradition of drum speech in Nigeria, and how that tradition changed and thrived in Cuba, where large numbers of enslaved Yoruba arrived in the 19th century. Producer Ned Sublette speaks with ethnomusicologist Amanda Villepastour, language technician Tunde Adegbola, and drummer Kenneth Schweitzer about ho...more

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