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UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Andrew C. Frankel recordings: Yoruba Drum Music (Sacred and Secular), 1985-1986
- Frankel, Andrew C.
- UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Andrew C. Frankel recordings: Yoruba Drum Music (Sacred and Secular)
- 1985-1986 (inclusive)19851986
- 23 audiotapes : OT - 23 audio cassettes (various brands, Type II or metal)
- Collection Number
- Recorded in southwestern Nigeria (primarily in the Osun subdivision of Oyo state) between 4/85 and 9/86.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
- Access Restrictions
Unrestricted: collection is open for research.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Yoruba drum music originated from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, Togo, and Benin. One of the most popular drum types used in Yoruba music is the dundun, which are hourglass tension drums. Other common drum types include the Sakara drum, the Bata drum, and the Gbedu drum. Yoruba drum music is known for its use of the standard pattern which is expressed in a triple and duple pulse on iron agogo bells. Yoruba drum music has strongly influenced the drumming styles of the Afro-Latin and Caribbean musical tradition.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Recorded by collector mainly on Sony TC-D5M with Audio Technica ATM11, Sony ECM-939LT and Sennheiser 441-U3 microphones.
Tapes 1-3 - Sango festival in Erin Osun (2nd part of tape 3 - Yoruba proverbs)
Tape 4 - Ode Oba in Erin Osun
Tape 5 - Kiriboto music/festival in Erin Osun
Tape 6 - Egungun drumming in Ilobu and Ede
Tape 7 - Oba installation at Aro Ede
Tape 8 - Drumming and children's songs
Tape 9 - Dundun drumming by Alhaji Ayanmu Adurolu
Tape 10 - Egungun festival in Iragbeji
Tape 11 - Ewi singing with Ojetunde Ajayi in Erin Osun
Tape 12 - Sacred drumming for Orisas: Sango and Sonponna
Tape 13 - Sacred drumming for Orisas: Obatala and Osun
Tape 14 - Sacred drumming for Orisas: Oya/Yemoja and Ogun
Tape 15 - Sacred drumming for Orisas: Orisa Oko andl Egungun
Tape 16 - Sacred drumming for Orisas: Obalufon and Elekoto
Tape 17 - Sacred drumming for Orisas: Bayanni and Obedu
Tape 18 - Sacred drumming for Orisas: Esu and Ibeji
Tape 19 - Bata drumming)
Tape 20 - Gelede drumming in Ajilete in Ogun state
Tape 21 - Secular Bata drumming
Tape 22 - Obitan dance ensemble
Tape 23 - Sango drumming in Erin Osun
Logsheets by collector for tapes 1-2 only.
Documentation: Photo-copies of hand-written cassette wrapper notes.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Yoruba--Africa--Western Africa