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BLACK GOD'S DRUMS


The Civil Writer Magazine


Drums became the primary tool for keeping rhythm and synchronization for those who played and those who listened. However, in our earliest incarnations of this instrument, the drums might have served more practical functions that were necessary for our survival.

Unlike the string instruments Psalm 33:2

(KJV) 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. The drum was the other tool of sound used to communicate whether to each other or their God.


Africa as an example held some of the most diverse uses of drums in all the world. Almost every culture in the continent has had either a creation myth involving the drum or has used it for both ceremony and communication at some point in their cultural development like the Native Americans. Though there are so many others to mention ranging from the Northern African, Sub Saharan, eastern, southern, and western African groups, the only other people to use the drums are Native Americans. Humanity's oldest instrument was the human voice. However, from the great leap forward of natural developments, the desire for musical communication developed to include a wide array of tools and purposes.


The earliest evidence for drumming though may have come from our other primate cousins who beat on the trees and their chest to communicate a dissatisfaction or anger.

African tribes of today holds some of the most diverse uses of drums in all the world. Almost every culture in the continent has had either a creation myth involving the drum or has used it for both ceremony and communication at some point in their cultural development. There are so many drummers to mention ranging from the Northern African, Sub Saharan, eastern, southern, and western African groups, and the Native Americans.