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Yoruba Drums From Benin
Various Artists
Yoruba Drums From Benin
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
 
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Benin, West Africa is the home to several Yoruba religious cults based on a pantheon of gods. Overlapping rhythms embedded with symbolic religious meanings are played by a variety of drum ensembles including cylindrical ba...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Yoruba Drums From Benin
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Original Release Date: 1/23/1996
Release Date: 1/23/1996
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093074044025

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Benin, West Africa is the home to several Yoruba religious cults based on a pantheon of gods. Overlapping rhythms embedded with symbolic religious meanings are played by a variety of drum ensembles including cylindrical bata drums, hourglass-shaped dundun talking drums, and the tall gelede drums.

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Great liner notes, interesting drumming
www.batadrums.com | CA, USA | 05/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD may be worth buying for the liner notes alone. There are almost no commercially available recordings of Yoruba bata drumming, and this is a good one. In contrast, there are dozens of recordings of Cuban bata drumming, which is the form that grew out of Yoruba bata drumming during the slave trade. Bata drums are the sacred drums of the king-god Shango, and are used in ceremonial music for the Orishas in AfroCuban Santeria, as well as in Yorubaland (present day Nigeria mostly) to speak praises and for Egungun (ancestor) masquerades. I'm glad this CD was produced and is now easy to find. ..."