Ancient Text Messages of the Yoruba Bata Drum: Cracking the by Amanda Villepastour

By Amanda Villepastour

The bata is likely one of the most vital and consultant percussion traditions of the folks in southwest Nigeria, and is now learnt and played worldwide. In Cuba, their very own bata culture derives from the Yoruba bata from Africa but has had way more examine realization than its African predecessor. even though the bata is without doubt one of the oldest recognized Yoruba drumming traditions, the drum and its detailed language are actually unusual to many modern Yoruba humans. Amanda Villepastour presents the 1st educational examine of the bata's verbal exchange expertise and the frilly coded spoken language of bata drummers, which they confer with as 'ena bata'. Villepastour explains how the bata drummers' speech encoding procedure hyperlinks into common linguistic homes, unknown to the musicians themselves. The research attracts the direct hyperlinks among what's spoken in Yoruba, how Yoruba is remodeled in to the coded language (ena), how ena prescribes the drum strokes and, ultimately, how listeners (and which listeners) extract linguistic which means from what's drummed. the outline and research of this particular musical procedure provides considerably to what's recognized approximately bata drumming particularly, Yoruba drumming typically, speech surrogacy in tune and coded platforms of conversing. This booklet will allure not just to ethnomusicologists and anthropologists, but in addition to linguists, drummers and people drawn to African Studies.

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