AFRICAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

 

MOSSI
Flutes

 

LOBI
Flutes

 

BWA
Flutes

 

ETHIOPIAN
Harps

YORUBA
Drum
Catalog

 

BAMILEKE
Drum
Catalog

YAKA
Drum
Catalog
 

SENUFO
Drum
Catalog
 

African
Horn
Catalog

BAMILEKE,
Gong
Catalog

African
Mbira
Catalog

African
Harps
Catalog

 

IGBO
Drum
Catalog

 

KUBA
Drum
Catalog



 Djembe
Drum
Catalog

CHOKWE
Drum
Catalog


YORUBA
Gong
Catalog

DAN
Drum
Catalog

African
Gong
Catalog

Talking
Drum
Catalog
 

DRUMS
Various Peoples

AFRICAN
Rattles Catalog


BUYU
Castenet

Photographs © Tim Hamill

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

African drums were musical instruments, ceremonial objects and means of communication. The large exhibit focuses on the traditional drums of the Yoruba, Senufo, Kuba, Chokwe, Bamileke, Igbo and other peoples, plus slit drums of the Yaka, Dan and Yangere. Other instruments, such as gongs, horns, kora, harps and mbira (thumb pianos) are also included. Most of the exhibit is visual; many pieces are not capable of being played, but some are. We also have contemporary jembe drums, talking drums and balliphones all intended for play. The drums range from everyday objects with monumental, simple forms to ornate pieces bringing status to the owner, connoting power and the honoring of ancestors. They all show the creativity and power Africans put into functional objects.

GO TO AFRICAN DRUMS Exhibition

GO TO DRUMS and SHIELDS Exhibition
Oct. 3 - Nov. 30, 1996

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