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By Paul
Hi there,

Have found myself in the position of having to step up my game on Ghanaian drumming quickfast. Particularly for the lead drum for dance. I spent about a year playing support in an ensemble but this whole hand and stick technique for the lead in Ewe drumming is a whole new ball game.

Any suggestions?


It really depends on what music you are interested in learning or performing. Some resources that might be useful include:

Anku, Willie. 1997. "Principles of Rhythm Integration in African Drumming." Black Music Research Journal 17 (2): 211-238.

Anku, Willie. 2000. "Circles and Time: A Theory of Structural Organization of Rhythm in African Music." Music Theory Online 6 (1).

Anku, Willie. 2009. "Drumming among the Akan and Anlo Ewe of Ghana : An Introduction." African Music: Journal of the African Music Society African Music 8 (3): 38-64.

Locke, David. 1987. Drum Gahu! : A systematic method for an African percussion piece. Crown Point, IN: White Cliffs Media Co.

Younge, Paschal Yao. 2011. Music and dance traditions of Ghana: history, performance and teaching. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.
orlik wrote:You can check also John Miller Chernoffs African Rhythm and African Sensibility -it's about Ewe and Dagomba drumming, but you can find some general thoughts on african music as well
there are some essays availible on his website as well: ... tions.html
This is certainly a classic, although I don't personally recommend Chernoff's work as a stand alone source because of how dated it is in terms of conceptualizations about the music. It is a good narrative accompaniment to other, more rigorous analytical and pedagogical work.


By Paul
Thanks for that. I meant to try Lockes book when I get a chance. I bought Chernoffs book about 8 years ago. I remember it started with him sitting on a bus in Ghana making observations, I was on a bus in Burkina at the time and so I put it down and made my own observations. Must get around to it again.

Well I managed to get the master drum down for the dance class. No major hand scaring so far from the hand/stick technique, fingers crossed.