Certain African drums are called “talking drums.” Skilled drummers can create such a range of sound from them that it seems as if they can speak. This drum, called “atumpan,” is a type of talking drum used by the Akan peoples of Ghana. They are usually played in pairs, or as part of a larger drum ensemble, and struck with two L-shaped drumsticks. Associated with royalty and people of prestige, atumpan drums are played by master drummers during special occasions, like the public appearance of a chief and ceremonies for communicating with ancestors. In processions, the drums are carried on the shoulders of men while the drummer beats the skin from behind.
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Akan (African people)
Akan (African people)--Ghana--Social life and customs
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