Legacy of the Drums

The Drum Spirit Who’s larger Than life – The One That Sleeps On Its Side – The Initiates Know The Secret Of The Tortoise – The One That Breathlessly Take The Marketplace By Storm. The Sharpen & Pointed Wood. I Seek Life & Prosperity – Not Death – Disease The Brave One In The house – The Farm. The One That Stands Strong Like Ogun In The House Looks Like The Initiates Of Orisha Oko.

A true master drummer has to be called to the drum, often from an early age. This highly respected status that is conferred by other master drummers is not easily earned. Technical agility represents only a stage through which the would-be initiate passes. In African drumming, the title of master drummer is given to a drummer who is well known by other masters for their high skill and knowledge. It is a title passed down from a master to their pupil, after they have learned all there is to know about the African drum. In general, a master drummer has given their whole life to the Spirit of the Drum. They are able to play any part of any rhythm for their ethnic group and neighboring ethnic groups, in any ceremonial situation. They also knows the songs and dances that go with each rhythm.

The Great Master Drummers: Bata-Drums traditionally have been sacred instruments touched and played only by certain initiates and reserved for a religious context. This has changed somewhat since the 1950s, and now some drums are played in some secular contexts by people not involved in the religion, including folkloric and even modern performances and on commercial recordings. This is a bit like the transition of certain songs of prayer into commercialized gospel music. The Bata-Drums rhythms are considered sacred and spiritually powerful, but are now sometimes played outside religious settings. There are still certain sacred Drums, however, and some rhythms, which are reserved purely for ritual contexts. Non-initiates do not play these drums, do not play in ceremonies, and are not taught certain more secret rhythms.

*** In 1936, Bata drumming was brought out into the public for the first time in Cuba. Pablo Roche = Iya (Iyalu)   Aguedo Morales = Itotele (Omele-Ako)  Jesus Perez = Okonkolo (Kudi)

The Yoruba people are well known for their elaborate drumming traditions, although the heart of their music is the spoken language. Two common Drums ensembles found widely today are the Dundun and the Bata. Other Yoruba Drum ensemble include Bembe, koso, Abinti, Ogbe, Sakara , Agogo and  shekere.  Music is an essential element of human life which is entrenched in the culture of the people, mostly in African societies.

*** I’ve come so far and achieved so much… But the best part of it all is that this is only the beginning… I will never stop growing… For my evolution is eternal and I am forever becoming…

Olu M. Ige = The one gift from Eledumare (owner of mysteries) to the world through the “Kaaro oji’ re” tribe is their drums expecially Iya -Ilu, Duncan and bata.

Liz Lindau = I’ve been following him and reading his literature for some time now. I’ve learned so much from Baba Yagbe Awolowo Onilu!