Yoruban Dundun Talking Drum Ensemble

The Nigerian Yoruba people have a unique style of drumming in which the sound of the drum is considered to be the actual voice of the gods.  Talking drums can be modulated by the player to mimic the cadence and tonality of Yoruban speech.  During the epoch of slavery, Yorubans kept their spiritual drumming traditions which evolved into Voudon (Voodoo) in Haiti, Santeria and Arara in Cuba and Condomble in Brazil.  This ceremonial drumming consists of complex interwoven rhythm parts, different songs, rituals and offerings for the evocation of different Orishas or gods.  The drums can cause participants in the ritual to fall into a trance and become the Orisha.

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