A four-piece interactive workshop known as, “The West African Talking Drum,” by University College of the North professor Dr. Joseph Atoyebi kicked off on Saturday to wait on celebrate Unlit History Month.
In partnership with Mall of the Arts, the four-piece series introduces a brief historical past of the Yoruba culture in West Africa and their connection to the Transatlantic slave substitute to Europe and the Americas.
Atoyebi will point of interest on the Yoruba gángan, usually is named a talking drum, a language that enables other people to defend conversations the usage of the instrument.
“Yoruba is a tonal language love Mandarin. It uses three-stage tones, and the West African Talking Drum follows these three-stage tones; low, mid and high,” acknowledged Atoyebi on Wednesday.
“It also follows the three first notes that you just would additionally possess on the musical scale; raze-re-mi. Every phrase of the Yoruba language is spoken with the combo of these three tones.”
Since the talking drum follows the Yoruba language, Atoyebi will display cloak in the workshop easy programs to mimic that language through a purposeful drumming session.
Attendees are inspired to salvage empty ice-cream buckets, espresso cans, totes, books or other objects and drum along to a couple overall African rhythms.
“One of our boy participants is having a ask forward to Joseph explaining the tones of the drum,” acknowledged Andria Stephens, the Co-Founding father of the Mall of the Arts.
“I agree with the drum emanates its comprise sound so explaining and finding out about what each of these sounds manner and the intention in which it communicates with other people, I comprise it is also resplendent thrilling.”
Contributors will possess to restful watch for finding out about the West African culture from a local speaker through first-hand abilities.
Atoyebi acknowledged this tournament is a rare likelihood to no longer handiest be taught to talk through song nonetheless even be knowledgeable about one more manner of dwelling.
“The talking drum is no longer staunch your day after day percussion or instrument that performs. It talks, we use it to talk and ship messages right through. It’s good to per chance enlighten all the pieces in the Yoruba language the usage of the drum,” he acknowledged.
“Since most attendees are non-African, they possess the assorted to strive some African readings. I will negate them the intention in which it works and the intention in which they can tap beats to the readings. These are one of the precious issues they can scheme conclude some distance from the workshop.”
He added that the drum finding out would per chance even wait on any other people unwind or simply give them something unusual to abilities.
As well to Saturday’s tournament, the series will scheme conclude position on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23, 25 and 27 for an hour.
Stephens wants many people in Northern Manitoba to affix the tournament and hopes that contributors in point of fact feel enlightened and possess extra appreciation in opposition to the African culture.
“It’s some distance serious we all be taught about each other as we’re a extraordinarily diverse neighborhood. I comprise the extra we be taught about each other, the extra we are in a position to achieve and accept one one more,” she acknowledged.
“This tournament is a manner to exclaim other people collectively, especially in a time love this where we are in a position to’t physically meet. Right here continues to be a manner to reach abet collectively to meet, talk and be taught something thrilling and historical.”
Your complete series is free for contributors. Those concerned can register on the Mall of the Arts’ online page or on their Fb page. A Zoom link will doubtless be supplied after their registration.
— Nicole Wong is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Solar. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Authorities of Canada.
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