International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 4, Issue 10, Part E (2018)
Drums as a unifying deity in Africa: Reminiscing the Nigerian drum festival
The idea that certain beliefs in Africa are fetish is not only demeaning but has the tendency of eroding the very rich cultural heritage in the continent. Studies have shown that Africa is blessed with so many untold stories which have hitherto been hidden as a result of the inability of our forefathers to document events that have given rise to such mythology. Drumming as an art form is found to be a unifying tool that cut across different nationalities, yet have the semblance of a deified being. This paper unveils the important role the drum plays in the life of Africans using the Nigerian Drums Festival as a case in point. Method of research and information gathering are mostly from personal interviews with veteran drummers who participated in the Festival which held in Ogun State, Nigeria at the June 12 Cultural Centre on 22nd April, 2016. Findings have shown that Africans revere and deify certain drums as a result of the kind of roles they have played in sacred events in their communities.
How to cite this article:
Ovunda Ihunwo. Drums as a unifying deity in Africa: Reminiscing the Nigerian drum festival. International Journal of Applied Research. 2018; 4(10): 343-348.