Definition of talking drum in English:

talking drum


  • One of a set of West African drums, each having a different pitch, which are beaten to transmit a tonal language.

    • ‘Vibrations from instruments such as the talking drum or the didgeridoo, or even from foot-stomping dances, may have spoken volumes to distant, unshod listeners.’
    • ‘Further examples can be found in the talking drums of Central and West Africa, which employ a speech mode of drumming to communicate, and, in a more modern context, the mapping out of language onto the musical beats of rap.’
    • ‘The 58-year-old Nigerian's speciality is ‘juju’ music, a hybrid of Western pop and traditional Nigerian music, and his performances feature talking drums, chiming guitar lines and dancers.’
    • ‘Gallo started her career in 1985 at Woya, a highlight of Cameroon's musical calendar, opening her concerts with talking drums and ringing a bell.’
    • ‘Feet of Song explores the African rhythms of the talking drum and the guitar.’
    • ‘Spanish masters also tried to ban the slaves' talking drums.’
    • ‘And the funk is relentless - from the walking bass and the talking drums, to the liberal use of vocal samples and fancy jazzy bric-a-brac, to the precise scratching and fast-paced mixes.’
    • ‘The talking drums of Africa speak volumes of a tradition and culture that transcends time, as important, says the king, in the 21st century as it was once upon a time.’
    • ‘The first part is African, with talking drums and at least one African language sung (though there is a hint, here and there, of Celtic whistles and fiddles).’
    • ‘It was great the way we heard about the different countries and cultures and also about the talking drum.’
    • ‘Part trip hop, jungle and ambient, they've added a middle eastern take to their voyage, filling out lush soundscapes with talking drums, violins and the occasional accordion to spice a generous mix of all things mellow.’
    • ‘The point of a talking drum is to make noises which sound like words spoken in a tonal language - like Yoruba.’
    • ‘There is another kind of Congolese language though, and that is the language of the talking drum.’
    • ‘The opening ‘Calling to the Water Goddess’ places keening flutes and whispered vocal over an insistent pulse of clay drums and thumb pianos, punctuated by occasional bursts of talking drum.’


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