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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

THE TUNE



Drumming among Ashanti's have been in existence for a long time now, over centuries ago.It plays an important role in most activities ranging from durbars to festivals like the Odwira and the like.

From the olden days up till now, its still the same tune and plays significant role today too.

During the olden days drums,were used in different ways.Such as

TIME
Before the introduction watch/clock,drums were used to covey time,in morning,mid day and evening drums would sound give time exact time of the day

MASSAGES
Drums were played in the olden days to send massages of all Kinds from the Chiefs to the people.

Every tune had its own meaning.For example,if a King wanted his subordinates to gather at once, there is a tune played together with the gong gong,so within a short time then they will all gather.

VICTORY
When enemies got defeated, special tunes were played for celebration in the olden days.

SOME FORMS OF DRUMMING ARE;
KETE
ADOWA
MPINTIN
NWOMKRO
FONTOMFROM

There are also dances that moved with the different tunes of drums.
Let's take the Kete for instance, a dancer dancing Kete can dance to pay allegiance to Kings and Chief around.

They brings out proverbs in form of making signs.These signs have their meaning such as respect,permission,appreciation and ownership.

Last but not least, they dance to give thanks.

Lastly, insults too can given whiles dancing,especially among rivalry women.

In this modern times,drumming is not left out during occasions such as festivals, individuals outdoing,engagements and lastly funerals.

People specifically come and learn how to play Kete.