African drums serve as musical instruments, ceremonial objects, and means for mass communication. Traditionally, many drums used to send messages were designed to carry sounds for long distances, and were often produced by using hollowed logs. The hollow log drum traveled across the Atlantic with captive Africans, serving as a significant tool for preserving culture and planning mass acts of resistance. This entry describes some of the forms and uses of the hollow log drum in Africa and in the Americas.
Hollow log drums, also known as talking or message drums, are made based on the principle that the larger the log, the louder the sound it can produce and the farther it can ...
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