The Asahi Shimbun Displays

Objects In Focus

Akan drum: the drummer is calling me

12 August – 10 October 2010  /  Room 3  /  Free

From Africa to America: drumming, slavery, music

Photographs documenting the influence
of music and the drum

Image: Akan drum. Made in West Africa and collected in the American colony of Virginia probably between 1710 and 1745.‘The drummer is calling me’ is a quote from the poem Limbo by Edward Kamau Brathwaite (b. 1930). In it, he likens the practice of ‘dancing the slaves’ to a limbo dance in Africa.


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