David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Ghana musical instruments: Akan hourglass drum (Dono)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:13:49

  • Cultures

    Akan

  • Shelf mark

    C811/45

  • Subjects

    Ghanaian folksongs and dance , percussion ensemble-Africa (Ghana)

  • Recording date

    1966

  • Recording locations

    Accra, Ghana

  • Performers

    unidentified (dono drums)

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Description

    Notes provided by Rycroft on tape box (these notes are copied word for word): Akan 'hourglass' drum 'Dono', held under left armpit and squeezed to raise the pitch (pressure on thongs increases head tension). Struck with curved stick. Used in dance ensembles and also for message transmission (demonstration on tape). This recording includes an interview between the drummer and Rycroft, in which the drummer explains some of the 'drum language' which he uses.

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Ghana musical instruments: Akan hourglass drum (Dono)

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