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Talking drum

Anthony King and Roger Blench

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630


Because of its great tonal flexibility, the hourglass pressure drum is sometimes referred to as ‘the talking drum’, but in many parts of Africa not only do all kinds of drum ‘talk’, but so also do various wind instruments, string instruments and certain rattles and other idiophones. See also Hourglass drum.

In general the term includes any drum (including the Slit-drum) that is beaten in such a way that certain features of an

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