Apr
18
École De Musique de Kirina

Tama

by François Viguié

The Tama or “Talking Drum” is a traditional percussion instrument very popular all over West Africa. It is traditionally a Griot instrument and it is considered one of the oldest percussion instruments in West Africa. The particularity of this instrument is that its tone can be pitched by pressing or releasing the strings that hold the skin. It was traditionally used to announce meetings in the villages and gather the villagers.

This instrument is taught at the École de Musique de Kirina Program in Kirina, Mali. 

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Oct
10
École De Musique de Kirina

Tama

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The Tama or "Talking Drum" is a traditional percussion instrument very popular all over West Africa. It is traditionally a Griot instrument and it is considered one of the oldest percussion instruments in West Africa. The particularity of this instrument is that its tone can be pitched by pressing or releasing  the strings that hold the skin. It was traditionally used to announce meetings in the villages and gather the villagers. Our tama teacher, Mountaga is a master tama player and handcrafter, and he is able to carve a tama is a few minutes!

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