Dunun & others drums

Kidi: buying drum from Africa (African drum)

Ewe drums

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The role of the kidi, considered the “mother” in the family of Ewe drums, is essentially to support the other musicians. This “dialogue drum” talks and answers back to the drum- bandmaster, and sometimes launches into improvised rhythms. The Ewe, a tribe which lives primarily in Ghana and Togo, are famous throughout West Africa for their musical ensembles. They consist of drums playing complex and diversified rhythms similar to jazz and Afro-Caribbean music. One of the most well-known of these is the Agbadza. Like many of the drums from Africa, those of the Ewe imitate the rhythms and sounds of their native language.